When the Olympics Gave Out Medals for Art

For the first 40 years of the Olympics, artists were able to submit pieces of work in painting, sculpture, architecture, literature and music with the goal of winning an Olympic medal.  Baron Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee and the modern Olympic games, believed to be a true Olympian, one must be skilled in athletics and the arts.  For the first time at the 1912 Stockholm games, medals were awarded in each category and pieces submitted had to be inspired by the Olympic games.  At the age of 73, John Copley won one of the final medals awarded for the arts in 1948.  If the arts medals still counted, Copley would be the oldest medalist in Olympic history.
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