Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round 2: Bernini v. Bierstadt

Gianlorenzo Bernini
1598 - 1680
Italian
Trounced German conceptual installation artist Josef Beuys in Round 1







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Albert Bierstadt
1830 - 1902
German-born American
Defeated fellow 19th Century American in a powerhouse Round 1 match-up.




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Vote for the artist of your choice in the comments, or any other way that works for you. Commentary and links to additional work are welcome. Polls open for at least one month past posting.

18 comments:

pfly said...

Easy peasy. Bernini. I mean, I like Bierstadt and all, but Bernini? Bernini!

Christine M. said...

Bernini! Bernini! Bernini!

Nichim said...

BIERSTADT!!!!!
Sometimes I can get into actual sculptures (a Rodin exhibit in my youth comes to mind) but pictures of sculptures don't do anything for me, and I've never seen any Berninis in real life. Also, I don't care for depictions of rape (or call it ravishment if you like). Prefer color to form. And would choose those Bierstadts over a lot of things I like better than white sculptures of people doing stuff to limp ladies.

mcl said...

These two artist are not in the same galaxy! Bernini is a wold treasure, Bierstadt a great American painter.

Morgan said...

Close! Bierstadt by a hair.

UnwiseOwl said...

Bring home the bacon Bernini!

Jenners said...

Not fair to compare a sculptor to a painter. I'm going with Bierstadt but that seems wrong at some level.

Anonymous said...

World treasure or world-class pervert! Just kidding. I didn't vote for him in the first round but probably should have. Bernini kicks serious ass.

-chuckdaddy

dhkendall said...

Both are absolutely fabulous, wouldn't want to see either lose, but the paintings you provided for Bierstadt are breathtaking. Beirstadt all the way (but, hey, looks like I'm in the minority, so if Bernini gets through, I'm OK with that.)

Elizabeth said...

Have to go with Bierstadt, though I do enjoy the Berninis. Was Bierstadt of the Hudson River School?

sphi300 said...

Bernini!

mrs.5000 said...

I don't think I've ever seen that top Bierstadt painting before, and I really dig it, despite and/or because of the fact it reminds me of, and I hate to say this, but, you know, that time portal Dr. McCoy disappears into in The City on the Edge of Forever? Only as seen on a prettier planet, through the lens of a vastly superior special effects budget?

However, I will not let that distract me from the fact that Bernini...well, mercy, it's STONE sprung writhing to life, innit? AND we're not even looking at his architecture, which is just as stellar...so, even though the Baroque isn't my fave era, he's totally got my vote.

Voron X said...

I agree, Bierstadt is nice, but it's Bernini! Bernini!! Bernini!!! all the way!

Michael5000 said...

This is only going to get harder in subsequent rounds, assuming we get there. Bernini may be the most amazing sculptor I've bumped into. Ol' Bierstadt is going to have to try his luck in the left-hand bracket. Or that's my vote, at least.

Michael5000 said...

...but here's a mail-in vote for Bierstadt.

Candida said...

Bernini brings more life to stone than anybody I can think of off the top of my head. Granted, this is damning with faint praise since I don't know a lot of sculpture, but that's just accidental. I bet if I knew lots of sculptors, I'd feel the same way.

Odduck said...

Bierstadt! Those broad landscapes are so appealing.

Michael5000 said...

I didn't mention it back in July, but this contest has been closed for quite a while, with Bernini triumphant in a fair fight.