Art Inspired by Sport at Olympics

Alfréd Hajós is one of only two Olympians to h...

Alfréd Hajós is one of only two Olympians to have won medals in both sport and art competitions (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today our eyes are on the Olympics.  Art and the Olympics to be exact. 

Since we are in the middle of the Summer Olympic Games, I thought I’d write all my blogs this week about the Olympics and art in or at the Olympics.  Did you know that from 1912 until 1952, there were art competitions held as part of the Olympic program?  Neither did I!

According to Wikipedia, medals were awarded for works of art inspired by sport, divided into five categories: architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpture.  The competitions ended because the artists were professionals while the athletes were not.  Nowadays though, a lot of teams have professional athletes competing so maybe there should be a re-institution of the art competition?  What do you think?


2 thoughts on “Art Inspired by Sport at Olympics

  1. I think that would be a unique twist for the Fine Arts and Crafts festival in Media. Have artists “perform” to music and compete.

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