Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Round 2: Alma-Tadema v. Algardi!

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Dutch; worked in England

Lost narrowly to Albrecht Altdorfer in Round 1.
Defeated Jacopo Amigoni easily in Left Bracket First-Round Elimination.


Alessandro Algardi
Trounced North American Romantic Washington Allston in Round 1.
Lost to Jacques-Laurent Agasse in Round 2.


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, but likely much longer.


Christine M. said...


Nichim said...


That one with the rose petals is awesome. Beautiful colors, and the look on the face of the woman on the right, like "Could you wild young things turn it down for a bit, I'm trying to have a langorous nap here," is delightful.

Morgan said...

They're both pretty good! I'll go for Alma-Tadema.

Elizabeth said...

Algardi, because Alma-Tadema was reminding me of old Coca-Cola ads. When it still had drugs in it.

lamanyana said...

Alma-Tadema, for pure ridiculousness.

mrs.5000 said...


Jenners said...

Alma-Tadema. But really … how can you compare these two?

Rebel said...

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema!

I like pretty art, what can I say?

chuckdaddy said...

Not digging the alma-tademas

pfly said...

Against my better judgement, I'll go with Sir Lawrence.

Michael5000 said...

We have a postcard vote here for Sir Lawrence -- "So over the top!"

Michael5000 said...

Jenners: But comparing them is quite easy, isn't it? One looks at the two groups of art images, examines one's aesthetic and intellectual response, perhaps consider one's necessarily fragmentary understanding of the place of the work within the overall context of World or Western history and artistic tradition, and says "Hey! I think I like this artist better than that artist, at least for the time being!"

For instance, today I'm feeling that Alma-Tadema's preposterous Victorian classicism has unexpectedly grown on me -- he's a hella colorist -- and that Algardi's obvious skill with a chisel isn't enough to overcome a certain heavy dullness I find not only in his work, but in most representational sculpture. So I'm voting for Sir Lawrence, somewhat to my surprise.

Meanwhile, through this exercise I've learned of the existence of Alma-Tadema and Algardi and marginally improved my understanding of the Victorian age, the use of color in art, sculpture, the difficulties of photographing sculpture, Italy, and the history of the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, and I've had a chance to bounce my ideas about art against those of a select cadre of brave tournament voters. It's like an Art History degree, except better.

Candida said...

Alma-Tadema! Ta da!