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The Olympic Games in Athens, from Le Petit Journal, 26th April 1896 (coloured

The Olympic Games in Athens, from Le Petit Journal, 26th April 1896 (coloured


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The Olympic Games in Athens, from Le Petit Journal, 26th April 1896 (coloured

XIR192923 The Olympic Games in Athens, from Le Petit Journal, 26th April 1896 (coloured engraving) by Meyer, Henri (1844-99); Private Collection; (add.info.: Paul Masson, winner of the velocipede race; revived by Baron Pierre de Coubertin; ); French, out of copyright

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Acropolis Bicycle Champion Congratulating Cycle Cycling Cyclist Olympian Parthenon Revival Gold Medalist Greek Flag


EDITORS COMMENTS
This colored engraving captures a historic moment in time - the Olympic Games in Athens, 1896. The image showcases Paul Masson, the victor of the velocipede race, being congratulated for his remarkable achievement. It is worth noting that these games were revived by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, marking the beginning of the first modern Olympics. The scene is set against a backdrop of grandeur and cultural significance. The iconic Acropolis and Parthenon stand proudly in the distance, symbolizing Greece's rich history and heritage. Dressed in traditional attire, Masson embodies both an Olympian and a sportsman. The vibrant colors bring life to this snapshot from over a century ago, allowing us to witness this milestone event as if we were there ourselves. The French artist Henri Meyer skillfully captured every detail with precision and artistry. As we gaze upon this print today, it serves as a reminder of how far the Olympic Games have come since their revival in 1896. This image encapsulates not only athletic prowess but also unity among nations through sport. This print from Le Petit Journal transports us back to a time when athletes competed on bicycles instead of high-tech equipment seen today. It invites us to appreciate both the evolution of sports and its enduring spirit throughout history.

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