Sports In Motion - Gregory Sargent

This gallery contains artistic expressions of sporting events and athletes from all eras and regions throughout history. I wanted to explore and cover as far back as I could find different works of art depicting sporting events and athletes to get an idea of how the artists of that time viewed athletics.

This carved gem, dated around 500 B.C., illustrates a young, Greek athlete cleaning his shin with a strigil. The artist showed keen attention to detail with the design of the strigil and the athlete's physique.
This photograph, taken by Ralph Crane, shows a basketball player attempting a jump shot. One of the reasons basketball in the late 60's is so different from now is the size and skill of athletes has rapidly improved over time. The moment in which the picture was captured was ideal for the theme of this gallery since the athlete is in mid-motion with his shot.
This sculpture of Mercury, or Hermes, was completed by Johan Gregor van der Schardt in the late 16th century. Mercury was know as messenger to Jupiter and his signature winged sandals and helmet can be recognized as an early form of athletic wear. He is carefully sculpted and the contours of this sculpture are very similar to that of an athlete.
This is an oil painting of a famous underground, illegal prize fight in 1909. The light and dark values in the piece help express the passion and emotion being shown by the fighters and the spectators.
This decorated vase depicts young athletes training. With weights used in the long jump and a javelin, these athletes participate in sports popular between 500 B.C. and 475 B.C. for young, Grecian athletes. This sort of painting in ancient Greece uses defined curves and lines to illustrate how in shape athletes were through the eyes of artists.
This photo contains drawings of Roman athletes in action. One could argue these were the most ruthless and barbaric athletes ever. Whenever literally killing an opponent in order to be recognized as the winner is how the sport is played, there is some validity to that claim. These drawings show combat with athletes using movement.
This is a photo of an olympic athlete in the Olympic Games of 1896. The capturing of this photo was a job well done because we get to see an athlete in the midst of performing. The stadium being empty could mean this is a practice session. Nonetheless, this photo is the epitome of the theme of this gallery.
This is an early 20th century sculpture of an athlete sitting down. Although he is not in motion, the sculpting of this athlete's physique by Auguste Rodin speaks to the meticulous skill required to chisel this piece. This sculpture reminds me of a trophy. The body of the subject of the sculpture is very detailed because of how each cut in his arms and torso are defined.
The subject of this photograph are Polish track athletes. Taken between 1945-1949, this photo captures the athletes either before or after the race. The uniforms for track haven't changed as much as in other sports since this photo was taken. We can see how big of an event this race is by how many participants there are.
These female basketball players at an athletic club in Sao Paulo are the subject of this photograph. Dated in the 1920's, these uniforms have obviously went through a bit of a makeover. The photographer caught these ladies in mid-action attempting to recover the ball. There are spectators at the contest and the intensity of the game is depicted thoroughly with the capturing of this photo.
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