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Crowning the Victors at Olympia

Photo credit: Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

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The third painting in the series 'The Progress of Human Knowledge and Culture' by James Barry – in three panels – was the backdrop to the Society's meetings and premium distribution ceremonies, for which the Great Room had been designed. It is the first of the sequence's long paintings, spanning three canvases in total, and was designed to show not only athletic prowess, but also the benefits to society when such feats are celebrated.

Royal Society of Arts

London

  • Date

    1777–1783

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    360 x 1308 cm

  • Accession number

    RSA021

  • Acquisition method

    commissioned for the Society's Meeting Room, c.1777

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