Olympics Special – The function of Artists in Society

Since the greek days, artworks carefully documented the spirit of the Olympic Games and its athletes. While some artists produced their artworks because of their innate connection to the Games, others were commissioned and heavily watched by their country’s government.

Above, the famous discus-thrower was probably one of the sculptures most linked to the Olympic Games. The high energy, the curves, the human determination and sporting spirit draws us to Myron’s work. He captured the moment in a perfect example of rhythmos, harmony and balance.

Art was used by the society to capture the athletic moment and spirit. Olympic victories were depicted in stamps, statues, paintings and medals.

Has the function of artists in society changed over the years?

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