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Art Competitions at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): , Antwerpen
Date Started: April 23, 1920
Date Finished: September 12, 1920

Gold: ITA Raniero Nicolai
Silver: GBR Theodore Andrea Cook
Bronze: BEL Maurice Bladel

Summary

The gold medal was awarded to the Italian poet Raniero Nicolai for Canzoni Olympioniche (Olympic Songs), which referenced the history of the ancient runner at Marathon. The silver medal went to the British Theodore Andrea Cook for the poem Olympic Games of Antwerp, which was an ode on the horrors of World War I. Cook had captained the British fencing team in Athina 1906. The British art criticer and writer had e tenure in the IOC from 1909-15 and edited the Official Report of the 1908 London Games. He resigned in protest over Coubertin keeping German and Axis members on the IOC. The bronze medal was given to the Belgian Maurice Bladel for La Louange des Dieux, but very little is known about him, although he was probably an art critic. In 1915 he published a script Vampires, and later did a study about Georges van Eeckhoud, L'oeuvre de Georges Eekhoud (1922) and a book on Flemish posters (1924).

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal Title
1 Raniero Nicolai 26 Italy ITA Gold Olympic Songs
2 Theodore Andrea Cook 53 Great Britain GBR Silver Olympic Games of Antwerp
3 Maurice Bladel Belgium BEL Bronze The Praise of the Gods