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Pre-1980 Frank Zane receiving some kind of an award or appreciation. To his right is his wife, Christine, as well as Ulf Bengtsson, top Swedish amateur bodybuilder. Zane was known for for his proportions, symmetry, and aesthetics rather than extreme muscle size. After losing to 5’2″ Franco Columbu in 1976, Zane finally won the Mr Olympia contest in 1977 which was predicted a year in advance by many to be “The Year of Zane”. Not sure if the painting depicting Zane with asymmetry, wide knees and cankles was meant to be complimentary. If anyone knows if the Zanes keep this painting over their fireplace, please comment below.
Left to Right are Malte Rellos, Frank Zane, Christine Zane, and Ulf Bengtsson
The bodybuilder with the best art collection would have to be billionaire J. Paul Getty, founder of the Getty Oil Company. Getty followed American proponent of physical culture Bernarr Macfadden’s body-building exercises and walked two miles a day wearing a pedometer to calculate his mileage. His massive art collection, including paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, can be seen at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.