Sarasota, city, seat of Sarasota County, western Florida, on Sarasota Bay (an arm of the Gulf of Mexico); settled about 1884, incorporated 1902. A popular resort, it is a residential and commercial center and contains some industry. Citrus fruit, livestock, and vegetables are raised in the area. A marine research center and a botanical garden are here.
In 1927 the circus impresario John
Ringling chose Sarasota as the winter base for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum
& Bailey Circus, and it retained that function until the 1960s. The city's
complex of Ringling museums includes the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art,
featuring a noted collection of works by the Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens
and other paintings of the 14th to the 18th century; the , Asolo Theatera late
18th-century theater transported from Venice; a circus museum; and the John
Ringling residence, Ca'd'Zan, a large mansion completed in the 1920s. The
University of Sarasota (1974) and the Ringling School of Art and Design (1931)
also are here.
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John Ringling residence, Ca'd'Zan
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Asolo Theater, a late 18th-century theater transported from Venice
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