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Pentathlon of the Muses

The Curious History of Olympic Art Competitions

Richard Conway | Posted 09.25.2012 | Arts
Richard Conway

Johnson's recital illustrates an often forgotten fact: The arts were central to the Olympics for a very long time. Indeed, it may come as a shock to some to learn that the games once included arts categories. Not as also-ran cultural events, but actual medalled competitions for architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpture.