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Not too long ago in American history, the name "Ringling" was one that would have fascinated and excited small children in just about every town in the United States. The Ringling Brothers Circus was the stuff of fantasy for many in dusty hamlets and bustling metropolises from Bangor to Bend. John Ringling was one of the fabled five Ringling Brothers, and throughout his life he maintained an interest in art. Upon his death in 1936, he willed his entire mansion in Sarasota (along with all of his art) to the state of Florida. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is a lovely institution, and visitors to the website can learn about their various exhibitions and take a few virtual tours. Visitors can go to the "Collections Online" area to see themed collections of circus posters, historic circus photos, decorative arts, and photographs. The site also offers access to their provenance project, and their in-house publication "The Ringling Quarterly".
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