Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Third Round: Anguissola v. Agasse!

Antonello da Messina wins the dubious distinction this week of being the first artist to leave the Tournament without having lost two matches outright.  Sofonisba Anguissola had beat him by two in Round One.  When they entered a Grudge Match a few months ago, Antonello da Messina managed to win a voter over, or something, and the two ended up deadlocked 6-6.  Except, you can't deadlock in a Grudge Match -- by rule, a tie goes to the previous winner. 

Well!  Let's see how Anguissola does now against the man who was literally the first artist to appear in the Infinite Art Tournament!

Sofonisba Anguissola
c.1532 - 1625
  • 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.
  • Tied Antonello da Messina in Left Bracket Second Round Elimination -- but thereby wins the pairing according to the Grudge Match Rule -- YOUR VOTE SURE COUNTS!!!

Jacques-Laurent Agasse
Swiss; worked in England
  • Defeated Modernist Josef Albers easily in Round 1.
  • Held off Renaissance sculpter Alessandro Algardi in Round 2.
  • Lost hard to Albrecht Altdorfer in Round 3.


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.


Elizabeth said...

With a regretful goodbye to the cats (and the giraffe) I am voting enthusiastically for Sofonisba Anguissola!

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Morgan said...

I used to not like Agasse very much, but then we started seeing paintings of his that didn't feature animals as the primary subject, and I like those a lot more. I'll vote for Agasse.

pfly said...

Anguissola! Anguissola!

mrs.5000 said...

I like the animals, and I'm voting for Anguissola!

Maybe I should get that on a yard sign, pique the neighbors' curiosity.

Chuckdaddy said...

I don't believe I've voted for either yet... I'll go Anguissola, I like her newest one the best.

Also, she went against Arp not Archipenko

Michael5000 said...

Here's an email vote for Agasse -- "The animals win again!"

Michael5000 said...

Looks like she went against Appel not Archipenko, and I've made the appropriate fixes.

I still have a crush on Sofonisba Anguissola.

DrSchnell said...

Agasse, for the giraffe about to eat the dude's turban, and against Anguissola because that middle kid in the checkers game picture gives me the creeps. It seems like she's about to open her mouth a little wider and reveal that she has fangs or something equally inappropriate.

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UnwiseOwl said...

Anguissola for me, I really admire that fur, seems so much more likelike that the living animals of Agasse.

Michael5000 said...

And Agasse, one of the two inaugural artists of the IAT, is finally off the hook: Anguissola moves to the left to take on Avercamp in Third Round Elimination, and the first page of the brackets is finally complete, well after pages two and three were put to bed. Thanks for your long-ago votes!