Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Infinite Art Tournament Second-Round Elimination: GRUDGE MATCH: Antonello da Messina v. Anguissola!


Yoiks, it's another GRUDGE MATCH!  Sofonisba Anguissola nipped by Antonello da Messina in Round One, 7-5, but since then the Man from Messina has been red hot, running up 24 votes to 2 in his last two contests.  Will his momentum carry him past his old foe?  By the Grudge Match Rule, he'll have to win this one outright -- a tie will be a win for Sofonisba, on the basis of her First Round victory.

Leaving us this week with records of 1-2 were Karl Appel (18 cumulative votes for, 24 against) and -- although almost everybody was at pains to mention that they thought he was pretty good -- Alexander Archpenko (11-26) in one of Tournament's rare skunkings.




Antonello da Messina
unknown - 1479
Italian






Sofonisba Anguissola
c.1532 - 1625
Italian
  • Defeated Italian predecessor Antonello da Messina in Round 1 by two votes -- a one-vote swing would have resulted in a draw. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!
  • Lost to Fra Angelico by a two-vote swing in Round 2 in a match that was thought to be a tie for more than a year. YOUR VOTE EVENTUALLY COUNTS!!!
  • Lit it up all over Karel Appel in the Left Bracket Second Round.






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.

14 comments:

pfly said...

My first instinct is for Messina, mostly for that silly yet sweet Madonna with Child one. But really, reading about Sofonisba Anguissola and looking at her work, I have to go with her. Just don't ask me to pronounce her name.

Elizabeth said...

A nod to the book-arts-style study and the delicate pearls and veil rendering of Messina, but I am voting for Sofonisba Anguissola again. (At least I think it's again. But it's definitely this time.)

Christine M. said...

Sofonisba Anguissola

Chuckdaddy said...

A strong vote for the funky cold Messina

Ben said...

I like children to look like children--not tiny adults. So my vote goes to Sonofabitch... er Sofonisba Anguissola.

Morgan said...

Anguissola again!

Kenneth Noisewater said...

Give me the first guy. I like that the baby looks like a little man.

mrs.5000 said...

Oh, killer. I hate to vote against Anguissola. But I really, really like that Mary the Annunciate, and I LOVE St. Jerome in his crazy study. So I'll go with Antonello da Messina.

Michael5000 said...

Geez, this is bad. I really want Anguissola to stay in the tourney, but I find... myself... voting...
Antonello da Messina.

lamanyana said...

da Messina

Michael5000 said...

An email voter breaks for Sofonisba Anguissola.

Wildrover said...

This is very close but the first painting of Messina's is my favourite so I'll go with him.

Michael5000 said...

In a surprising come-from-behind sort of deal, funky cold Antonello da Messina ties with Sofonisba Anguissola! So there they'll wait, until another Second Round Elimination tie gives somebody of their own stature to pick on!

Michael5000 said...

NO WAIT!!! I forgot it was GRUDGE MATCH!!! Antonello da Messina needed to win it outright to overcome Anguissola's First Round win. He didn't -- so Anguissola is the winner by rule, and will progress to the next round!