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Roof sculptures

The roof sculptures at the front of the Art Museum, as well as inside the courtyard represent various Greek and Roman gods and godesses.

John Ringling bought 76 of these 6 ft., extremely hard marble-dust composition, statues from the Cesana Gallery of Art in Venice.
Some started to fracture 10 years later. When Austin came to the museum he let them wait for several years before he asked for funds to replace them. He found an adequate supply, identical to the first ones at the same shop in Venice, at a less expensive cost than the cost of repairs to the broken and weakened figures on the roof.

Source: David Weeks. Ringling, The Florida Years. p.291

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