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Art Competitions at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Mixed Literature, Epic Works

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Municipal Museum, Amsterdam
Date Started: May 17, 1928
Date Finished: August 12, 1928

Gold: HUN Ferenc Mező
Silver: GER Ernst Weiß
Bronze: NED Carel Scharten
NED Margo Scharten-Antink


Since the submitted works could only include 20,000 words, several chapters could be submitted from recently published books. Overall, the jury had to evaluate 40 literary works by 34 authors from 10 countries.

In the category Epic Works the gold medal was awarded to Hungarian [Ferenc Mező] for fragments of his book L'Histoire des Jeux Olympiques (History of Olympic Games). Mező was later an IOC member from 1948-61. He had not written a critical story, but a laudatory story of the ancient Olympic Games. The book was first published in 1929 in Budapest in Hungarian, and later in German editions in 1930 and 1935.

The silver medal was earned by German [Ernst Weiß] for his story Boetius von Orlamünde, which depicts the life of the beggar Boetius, his recalling and confirmation in the taming of his stallion Cyrus. The story was published in 1966 under the title The Aristocrat.

The bronze medal was won by the Dutch couple [Margo Scharten-Antink] and [Carel Scharten] for De Nar uit de Maremmen (The Fool of the Maremms). It describes the life story of a painter and also describes something somewhat )sporting).

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal Title
1 Ferenc Mező 43 Hungary HUN Gold History of the Olympic Games (Fragments)
2 Ernst Weiß 45 Germany GER Silver Boetius von Orlamünde
3 Margo Scharten-Antink 58 Netherlands NED Bronze
3 Carel Scharten 50 Netherlands NED Bronze
AC Theodor Mayer 44 Austria AUT Sport
AC Willy Meisl 32 Austria AUT Der Sport am Scheideweg (Fragments)
AC Arthur Steiner 32 Austria AUT Merietta und ihre elf Männer
AC Maurice Carême 29 Belgium BEL Le Martyr d'un Supporteur
AC Edvard Nielsen-Stevns 47 Denmark DEN Sejerherren
AC Kasimir Edschmid 37 Germany GER Sport um Gagaly
AC Hermann Roßmann 26 Germany GER Klas der Fisch
AC Dezső Király 32 Hungary HUN L'Abbé Jérome sur la Tribune
AC Dezső Király 32 Hungary HUN Fables de La Fontaine et d'Andersen
AC Henriëtte Laman Trip-de Beaufort 37 Netherlands NED Makkerschap
AC Louis Grivel 26 Switzerland SUI Connaissance d'un Athlète
AC Voittout Switzerland SUI Jarrets d'Acier