Well, after visiting Ca d'Zan in this post and this one, we made our way to the Ringling Museum of Art and were stunned at the size and the beauty of it!
All the photos (Daniel was the photographer extraordinaire) are only from the outside as photos inside were not permitted.
As we understand it, John Ringling lost his vast fortune during the depression. His creditors wanted him to sell his monumental European art collection to cover his debt, but he refused to do so.
He felt that his late wife, Mable, wanted him to keep the art collection intact.
At his death in 1936, he willed the collection to the State of Florida and thus insured that we can all enjoy some amazing art in Sarasota, Florida, including significant works by Rubens, Velasquez, Frans Hals and many more.