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An artistic celebration of the Olympic Games from antiquity to the present.

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What a piece of art (dated 300-100 BC)

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What a piece of art (dated 300-100 BC)

The Getty Villa Guide to the Ancient Olympics

Art & Archives

The Getty Villa Guide to the Ancient Olympics

The Olympics Go Medieval

Art & Archives

The Olympics Go Medieval

This is what an Olympic athlete’s post-workout ritual may have looked like circa 510 B.C! On the inside of this drinking cup, a nude young athlete pours oil in his left hand from an aryballos (a flask made to hold perfume or oil). Behind him is a discus.

Attic Red-Figure Cup Type C (Getty Museum)

This is what an Olympic athlete’s post-workout ritual may have looked like circa 510 B.C! On the inside of this drinking cup, a nude young athlete pours oil in his left hand from an aryballos (a flask made to hold perfume or oil). Behind him is a discus.

PRIZE: Gold wreaths such as this one derive their form from wreaths of real leaves worn in religious ceremonies and given as prizes in athletic and artistic contests.

Wreath with detached stem including leaves and detached berries (Getty Museum)

PRIZE: Gold wreaths such as this one derive their form from wreaths of real leaves worn in religious ceremonies and given as prizes in athletic and artistic contests.

To celebrate the summer Olympics, we're highlighting works in our collection related to athletes and athletic competition, throughout the games. This particular painted vessel was awarded as a prize in the Panathenaia, an Athenian religious festival honoring Athena, the patron goddess of the city.

Attic Panathenaic Amphora (Getty Museum)

To celebrate the summer Olympics, we're highlighting works in our collection related to athletes and athletic competition, throughout the games. This particular painted vessel was awarded as a prize in the Panathenaia, an Athenian religious festival honoring Athena, the patron goddess of the city.

"Animal Locomotion," Eadweard J. Muybridge, 1887. Collotype.  J. Paul Getty Museum | Twenty-four views of two men boxing bare-knuckled.

Animal Locomotion (Getty Museum)

"Animal Locomotion," Eadweard J. Muybridge, 1887. Collotype. J. Paul Getty Museum | Twenty-four views of two men boxing bare-knuckled.

"Exterior / Attic Red-Figure Kylix," Douris (Greek (Attic), Kleophrades (Greek (Attic), Athens, Greece, about 490 B.C. Terracotta. J. Paul Getty Museum. | The outside of the cup shows a mythological scene--Herakles competing with the sons of Eurytos in an archery contest--and an everyday scene of athletes training.

Attic Red-Figure Kylix (Getty Museum)

"Exterior / Attic Red-Figure Kylix," Douris (Greek (Attic), Kleophrades (Greek (Attic), Athens, Greece, about 490 B.C. Terracotta. J. Paul Getty Museum. | The outside of the cup shows a mythological scene--Herakles competing with the sons of Eurytos in an archery contest--and an everyday scene of athletes training.

Attic black-figure stamnos depicting boxers, c.520-500 BC (pottery) Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK

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Attic black-figure stamnos depicting boxers, c.520-500 BC (pottery) Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK

"Attic Red-Figure Kylix," (3/4 side B 1/94), attributed to Carpenter Painter, Athens, Greece. 510 - 500 B.C. | The exterior of this cup depicts youths and bearded men training in various athletic activities, including the javelin, discus, and long jump.

Attic Red-Figure Kylix (Getty Museum)

Attic Red-Figure Kylix; Attributed to Carpenter Painter (Greek (Attic), active 515 - 500 B.C.); Athens, Greece; 510–500 B.C.; Terracotta; 11 × 38.1 × 33.5 cm (4 5/16 × 15 × 13 3/16 in.); 85.AE.25; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California; Rights Statement: No Copyright - United States

Statuette of a discus thrower (discobolos) about 480 B.C.  Greek Athletes | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

UMass Boston Tertulia at the MFA: Translating Immigrant Experiences 06/01/2017 - 18:30

Athletics were a key component of ancient Greek life from the founding of the Olympic Games in 776 B.C.

VICTOR. Victorious Youth, Greek, 300-100 B.C.

Statue of a Victorious Youth (Getty Museum)

Statue of a Victorious Youth; Unknown; Greece; 300–100 B.C.; Bronze with inlaid copper; 151.5 × 70 × 27.9 cm, 64.4108 kg (59 5/8 × 27 9/16 × 11 in., 142 lb.); 77.AB.30; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California; Rights Statement: No Copyright - United States

OLYMPIC TORCH. Lamp Shaped as a Staff with a Vegetal Tip, Roman, A.D. 1-100. Bruce White Photography. Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman

Lamp in the Form of a Thyrsos or Torch (Getty Museum)

Lamp in the Form of a Thyrsos or Torch; Unknown; Italy; 25 B.C.–A.D. 79; Bronze; 30.5 cm (12 in.); 96.AQ.187; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California, Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman; Rights Statement: No Copyright - United States

NIKE WITH OLYMPIC TORCHES. Earrings with Nike Pendants, Greek, 225-175 B.C. Bruce White Photography. Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman

Earrings with Pendant Nikai (Getty Museum)

Earrings with Pendant Nikai; Unknown; Italy (?); about 225–175 B.C.; Gold with glass; 96.AM.159; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California, Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman; Rights Statement: In Copyright

OPENING CEREMONIES. The Rue Mosnier with Flags, Édouard Manet, 1878

The Rue Mosnier with Flags (Getty Museum)

The Rue Mosnier with Flags; Édouard Manet (French, 1832 - 1883); France; 1878; Oil on canvas; 65.4 × 80 cm (25 3/4 × 31 1/2 in.); 89.PA.71; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Rights Statement: No Copyright - United States

ARCHERY. An Archer Shooting at Deer, French, about 1430-40

An Archer Shooting at Deer (Getty Museum)

An Archer Shooting at Deer; Unknown; Brittany, France; about 1430 - 1440; Tempera colors, gold paint, silver paint, and gold leaf on parchment; Leaf: 26.4 × 18.4 cm (10 3/8 × 7 1/4 in.); Ms. 27 (87.MR.34), fol. 110v; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 27, fol. 110v; Rights Statement: No Copyright - United States