I’ve got a few facts about art and artists to share with all of you in this 3T Art Blog post. Hope you find them interesting. I sure do. Maybe some of this info will even be new to you. Let’s get started!
· Art was an Olympic sport. That’s right. Hard to believe, isn’t it. The ‘modern’ Olympics we know today were founded by Baron Pierre de Coubertin. He struggled for many years to get his vision off the ground, but persevered and the first official Olympic Games were held in Athens in 1896.
Coubertin was a huge art lover. He dabbled in art as well, being the designer of the Olympic rings logo still used today, and wanted the Olympics to recognize the arts. He felt it was the only way to make it a well-rounded competition since exhibitions of sport and exhibitions of art were on equal footing in his eyes.
In 1912, the arts were added to the Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden. Medals were given out in painting, sculpture, architecture, literature and music. The only catch for these competitors was that their work had to reflect sport in some way. Between 1912 and 1948, a total of 151 medals were given out to creators. Only two competitors were able to win a medal in their sports competition and win a medal in the an arts category too.