Sunday, May 4, 2014

Women of the Ringling Museum of Art


This is an early Madonna and Child, but I didn't take a photo of the label,
and Google and I have had one of our infrequent fails.
My bad.


In 1733 the Flemish sculptor Jan Baptist Xavery created this terra cotta bust of 
Princess Anne of England, wife of Willem IV, Prince of Orange.


This colored marble bust of Clarissa de' Medici was
crafted around 1825 by an unknown Italian sculptor.
Beautiful, isn't she?


The museum has only a small modern collection.  This is "Elevation
(standing woman)," an impressive 1927 bronze by Gaston Lachaise,
said to be an idealized image of Lachaise's wife.
It was acquired by the Ringling Museum in 1964 as its first modern piece of sculpture.

20 comments:

Mersad said...

The Clarissa bust really is beautiful, as is the small but impressive modern art collection. The rooms where the art is exhibited is nicely lit as well.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

jennyfreckles said...

If I was rich I'd collect Madonnas. That one is lovely. I wonder if the 'idealised' image is close to every man's dream? She looks powerful to me. It's amazing that the statue is balanced on such tiny toes. But what on earth are the legs in the air in the background?

Birdman said...

These are some museum images over the last few days, Jack.

Ed said...

I've enjoyed your pictures from the Ringling Museum. There are some very interesting pieces of art there. I could easily spend many hours there.

Luis Gomez said...

These are beautiful Jack. Thank you.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

The Madonna in the first shot is beautiful Jack.. the 1733 bust of Princess Anne looks remarkably like my niece which means that her mother's claim to be related way back to the Windsors may have some merit :) I too was very distracted from 'standing woman' by the sculpture in the background, tres intriguing!

Jack said...

Jennyfreckles and PDP: Google and I are coming up dry on this one, too, but I am fairly sure that those upended legs belong to Jonah, since I also see a whale fin.

RedPat said...

This museum looks great, Jack! Lots to see on the Gulf coast of Fla!

Sharon Anck said...

This looks like a great museum. Both Princess Anne and Clarissa are very attractive women. And, given the Medici name, I'd say Clarissa was very wealthy too.

Sylvia K said...

Love those waving legs!! Surely glad I wasn't modeling for that one!! Wonderful captures for the day, Jack, as always. What a great museum!!

VP said...

I like them all, even the 'idealized' Lachaise's wife...

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Are you sure that's not Monsieur Lachaise, behind his idealised wife's back, doing athletic manoeuvres with a mermaid?

SRQ said...

Ah…now the women of Ringling! Lachaise's wife doesn't seem concerned about the flailing legs in the background. I can honestly say, I don't recall seeing this room from this perspective, Jack! Your capture of the Medici piece is quite nice.

Randy said...

I really like the Terra Cotta bust.

William Kendall said...

Beautiful work in that museum, particularly that Princess Anne.

Michelle said...

I also really like the Madonna. I always enjoy religious art.

Bob Crowe said...

Each of them has considerable elegance, except the last, which is about mass and space. The noses get my attention. I think they are graceful but some people today would take them to the plastic surgeon.

Kate said...

An interesting variety of women.

Tash said...

I like the bucksome lady at the bottom! Any rear views?

CaT said...

i like the last lady too! as well as your headshots!
but tash made me curious about her bottom as well, whahahahahaha