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Art competitions at the 1912 Summer Olympics

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Art competitions at the 1912 Summer Olympics

Art competitions were held as part of the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. It was the first time that art competitions were part of the Olympic program. Medals were awarded in five categories (architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpture), for works inspired by sport-related themes.

Art competitions at the Olympic Games were part of the Olympic program from 1912 to 1948, but were discontinued due to concerns about amateurism and professionalism. Since 1952, a non-competitive art and cultural festival has been associated with each Games.

Medal summary

Category Gold Silver Bronze
Architecture Alphonse Laverrière (SUI)
Building plan of a modern stadium
none awarded none awarded
Literature [1] (FRA)
"Ode to Sport"
none awarded none awarded
Music Riccardo Barthelemy (ITA)
"Olympic Triumphal March"
none awarded none awarded
Painting Giovanni Pellegrini (ITA)
Three connected friezes representing "Winter Sports"
none awarded none awarded
Sculpture Walter Winans (USA)
Bronze statuette "An American trotter"
Georges Dubois (FRA)
Model of the entrance to a modern stadium
none awarded
  1. ^ de Coubertin's entry was submitted by the pseudonym of "Georges Hohrod" and "Martin Eschbach" from Germany.

Medal table

At the time, medals were awarded to these artists, but art competitions are no longer regarded as official Olympic events by the International Olympic Committee. These events do not appear in the IOC medal database,[1] and these totals are not included in the IOC's medal table for the 1912 Games.[2]
 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Italy (ITA) 2 0 0 2
2 France (FRA) 1 1 0 2
3 Switzerland (SUI) 1 0 0 1
United States (USA) 1 0 0 1


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