Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round 1: Anguissola v. Antonello da Messina

Sofonisba Anguissola
1532-1625
Italian




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Antonello da Messina
unknown - 1479
Italian



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Vote for the artist of your choice!  Votes go in the comments.  Commentary and links to additional work are welcome.  Polls open for one month past posting.

13 comments:

Elaine said...

Sofonisba Anguissola (the computer swears this is a pair of impossible words)

I just like the personality of his subjects--and awesome job on the lace ruff! The other artist's work seems just too austere and other-worldly.

La Gringissima said...

Sofonisba Anguissola. Girl power!

Nichim said...

I like them both a lot, but I have to go with Anguissola. It's like she's painting real people or something!

Elizabeth said...

Anguissola, though I was tempted to vote for da Messina because the first work reminds me very much of Mrs5000's books. But the outdoor chess game takes the match.

Morgan said...

Anguissola. If it was just the architecture vs. the outdoor chess scene, I would have a very difficult time choosing, but I like Anguissola's portrait better.

dhkendall said...

Grr, I like both top paintings much more than the bottom paintings!

I guess, I'll have to go with da Messina, since I dislike its bottom picture less than Anguissola's (the smiles on the middle girls in the bottom Anguissola is creeping me right out, especially the youngest girl. Plus, his first name looks like a mild swear word (the full rendition of SoaB, to censor the swear, but that's just a minor nit against him.)

Candida said...

ANGUISSOLA! ANGUISSOLA! ANGUISSOLA!

...though da Messina held his own better than I thought somebody could against my gal Sophie.

Chuckdaddy said...

Messina

lamanyana said...

Anguissola, since the people look like real people.

mrs.5000 said...

Well, of course I love the da Messina. Especially the St. Jerome in his study. How could you not? It's so wonderfully austere and otherworldly! It belongs in one of my books!

Voron X said...

Messina. There's a cleanliness I like.

Michael5000 said...

Antonello da Messina for me. The geometries are awesome, and the first one reminds me of Mrs.5000 laboring in her lair. Anguissola is good stuff -- this is a pretty high-powered first-round match-up -- but I confess a certain frustration in the otherwise lovely second painting that the chess pieces are not arranged in a plausible fashion on the board. Such an easy thing to get right...

Michael5000 said...

Hmm, it looks like Anguissola won this one 7-5, a long time ago....