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Ringling Museum of Art
5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota , Florida 34243
Company Description: Located on a 66-acre estate on Sarasota Bay, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art was established in 1927 as the legacy of John Ringling (1866-1936) and his... more
Brilliant said the painting is "probably the most Renaissance picture in the collection.
It's painted in the early 16th century by di Cosimo, the wild man painter of the Florentine Renaissance.
He's kind of a kook.
The painting depicts a completed palace in the background (reminiscent of the courtyard of the Ringling Museum itself) while in the foreground a wide range of workers engage in the various processes of construction.
"You have the palace, and in front of it you have all the building activity," said Brilliant.
"But why do you have that when the building's already complete? It's process and product all at the same time."
The figures in the foreground "are full of detail and the details are often really funny,"