Olympic Painting

In a little known part of Olympic history, the Arts were included in the first 4 decades of the Olympic games between 1912 and 1952. Contestants entered pieces under the categories of architecture, music, painting, sculpture, and literature and won medals accordingly.

One of the restrictions, and one of the reasons why the art competitions never completely caught on, was that each work had to be in some way inspired by sport. The planned Olympics of 1940 and 1944 never happened due to World War 2 and after it, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided within a few years to discontinue out the Arts competitions.



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Information sources:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/when-the-olympics-gave-out-medals-for-art-6878965/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_competitions_at_the_Summer_Olympics

Photo Credits / Sources:

By Unknown author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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