The purchase of Thomas Moran’s Ponce de Leon in Florida in 1996 brought national prominence to The Cummer. This painting, purchased through the generosity of the Schultz family and Bamett Bank (Bank of America), instantly became the signature piece of the museum. Measuring nearly 6 feet by 10 feet, the painting depicts a fictionalized account of a meeting between Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon and the Timucuan Indians. Initially spotted by trustee Samuel H. Vickers at the Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, it was unveiled to great fanfare on January 30, 1997 to a crowd of two thousand. The following August, the painting journeyed to Washington D.C. to the National Gallery of Art for a Thomas Moran retrospective before touring the country and the state.