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Art Competitions at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Mixed Literature, Epic Works

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Date Started: July 29, 1948
Date Finished: August 14, 1948

Gold: ITA Giani Stùparich
Silver: DEN Josef Petersen
Bronze: HUN Éva Földes


There is no known list of entrants for the 1948 literature competitions, although it is known that Austria, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Uruguay sent a total of 44 entries. However, with few exceptions, only the prize winners are known in each category.

The rules of all 1948 Olympic art competitions stated that “Works submitted must have been executed during the course of the XIII Olympiad, that is, after the 1st January, 1944, and must not have been entered for the Art Competition of any previous Olympiads..” This was cleary not the case for the gold medallist, Italian [Giani Stùparich]. His work, “La Grotta” (The Cave) was first published in 1933, although Stùparich later edited it several times. Stùparich is best known for his novel, “L'Isola” (The Island), which he wrote in 1942. Silver went to [Josef Petersen], a Danish writer who won no less than three Olympic silver medals in literature (earlier in 1924 and 1932). Together with [Alex Walter Diggelmann], he is the only artist with three Olympic medals.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal Title
1 Giani Stùparich 57 Italy ITA Gold La Grotta
2 Josef Petersen 66 Denmark DEN Silver The Olympic Champion
3 Éva Földes 34 Hungary HUN Bronze The Well of Youth
HM Hans Breidbach-Bernau 27 Austria AUT Sensenschmied
HM Stanislaus Lynch Ireland IRL Echoes of the Hunting Horn
AC Giorgio Caproni 36 Italy ITA Il giuoco del pallone
AC Max Ehinger 40 Switzerland SUI
AC Miklós Jós 42 Hungary HUN Modern Pentathlon