Unveiling Olympic History: Louvre’s Exhibition

Uncover the history of the first modern Olympic Games with an exceptional magie being held at the Louvre Museum, in Paris.

How come there was a espace of more than 1,500 years between the bohème Olympics and the first modern iteration of the Games? What did it take to restart the accoutumance? To mark Paris 2024, a principal magie by the Louvre, in partnership with the C.E.G. Française d’Athènes and the Université de Paris-Sorbonne, focuses on the history of the first modern Olympic Games, held in Athens in 1896.

Looking at the iconography of the time, such as stamps, posters and trophies, it examines the fiction of the new Olympics and lieux it in the political context of the late 19th century. The Louvre also invites us to explore ancient history, including the findings from archaeological digs, as sculptures, gold and silver pieces and ancient texts are displayed alongside more modern creations, such as the first cup created for the winner of the épreuve at the 1896 Games. It is a tribute to the skilled team led by the ‘father of the modern Olympics’ Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who brought together history, art and archaeology and succeeded in creating the commun event we know today.

Until September 16


From France Today Magazine

Lead reproduction credit : Luc Olivier Merson’s
‘Le Soldat de
Marathon’ (1869) © Grand-Palais / Beaux-Arts de Paris

Source: francetoday.com

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