Collections

On the Collections homepage, you can choose to view a selection of objects illustrating particular themes, aspects of the collection, highlights of a particular time period or curators' choices. You can name these groupings in order to indicate clearly the type of works or themes that the collection illustrates. The groupings are listed as a series of links under "Collections" in the main navigation bar to the left.

Asian Art Highlights
From the first acquisitions of Asian art by John and Mable Ringling in 1926, the Ringling Museum's Asian art collection has been expanding. Today it encompasses diverse objects from a broad range of Asian cultures. These include stone Buddhist sculpture from Gandhara, a crossroads of the ancient world's Silk Road; Chinese ceramics from all periods of China's history; Japanese woodblock prints, both traditional ukiyo-e as well as twentieth century prints; Vietnamese, Thai and Korean ceramics; and objects representing Turkomen tribes and various periods in Indian culture.
Circus Heralds
The Tibbals Herald Collection includes over 1200 heralds dated between 1837 and 1980. The clever language of circus advertising is the star of the herald. Abundant text described features, acts and displays with only a few significant illustrations. Especially popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, heralds were designed to be posted in storefronts and on doors, proclaiming the arrival of the show.

Perform full-text searches of our collection of P.T. Barnum heralds on the Publication of Archival, Library & Museum Materials (PALMM) website:
http://palmm.fcla.edu/rma
European Circus Bills
Over 2000 pieces have been catalogued from the Tibbals Collection of early European circus bills. These bills date from the early eighteenth century through the beginning of the twentieth. Through advertising, they document British drama and pantomime, the origins of modern circus and clowning, and developments in printing processes. Highlights include advertisements that demonstrate the diffusion of circus performances throughout the British Isles, as well as bills for Astley’s Amphitheatre and performances by Andrew Ducrow and Joseph Grimaldi.
On View: Ca' d'Zan
Selected highlights of objects currently on view at the Ca' d'Zan
Provenance Project
Following recommendations set by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), the purpose of the Provenance Project is to determine whether any objects that entered the Museum’s collection since 1932 could have been seized or stolen by the Nazis and must consequently be restituted to their rightful owners. The works published in this section of our website have such gaps in their provenance during the period of 1933 to 1945. Such gaps in provenance are by no means evidence that these works were obtained improperly, however, and as new information comes to light these records are updated. We publish this list to open our inquiry further and we welcome any information on the provenance of works in our collection.
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