To top off the extravagance of the Ringling estate (recapped in three previous blog posts), there is a beautiful
art museum now cared for by the State Museum of Florida after Ringling donated it to the state following his death. The Ringlings were avid art collectors developed a particular love for Baroque art during there many European travels. In 1925, they hired architect John H. Phillips to design a pink U-shaped museum with 21 galleries to house his beloved collection of Velazquez. Van Dyke, Gainsborough, and Rubens to name a few. The true gem of the museum is the courtyard with copies of iconic Classical, Renaissance, and Baroque sculptures.