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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. It shows the award ceremony of an early Olympics, where the Grecians gather to celebrate their victorious athletes. At the far right, in front of a statue to the Greek goddess of art and crafts, Minerva, are three judges, on a throne carved with medallions of early Greek legislators, and trophies celebrating Grecian victories over Persia.

Royal Society of Arts





oil on canvas


H 360 x W 1308 cm

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

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