Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Infinite Art Tournament Left Bracket Third-Round Elimination: Bierstadt v. Giovanni Bellini!

Way back in January, we had our first ever foray into Left Bracket Third Round Elimination, with Bazille and Beckmann meeting in a high-power grudge match.  Now, five months later, we've been able to drag a second pair of artists to the same point.

What Albert Bierstadt and Giovanni Bellini have in common is resentment of Gianlorenzo Bernini. The formidable Italian marblesmith sent both of them to the Left Brackets, Bierstadt in the Second Round and Bellini in the third. Since then, they've been stayin' alive -- but only one can survive the Elimination Round! Let's find out who!

Leaving us this week after very respectable runs are William Blake (2-2; 30 vf, 27 va) and the Italian Futurist Umberto Boccioni (3-2; 42 vf, 23 va).

Albert Bierstadt
1830 - 1902
German-born American

Giovanni Bellini
1434 - 1516
  • Defeated Hans Bellmer in Round 1 by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Took down American George Bellows in a fair fight in Round 2.
  • Lost to Gianlorenzo Bernini in Round 3 by a mere two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Beat Umberto Boccioni in the Left Bracket Third Round by another two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE STILL COUNTS!!!


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...

The glorious landscapes of Bierstadt have my vote.

Morgan said...

I like Bierstadt, but I'm going to have to vote for Bellini and his famous painting "Where is my Donkey?"

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Elizabeth said...

I always thought that one was titled "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning" but I like Morgan's interpretation.

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Michael5000 said...

Here's an emailed vote for Giovanni Bellini!

pfly said...

I feel like I should vote for Bellini, and I like his "Oh God, I have writer's block!" painting (or whatever it is). But I'm telling my "ought to" voice to shut up and voting for Bierstadt:


mrs.5000 said...

It pains me to vote against Bellini, but I'll go with Bierstadt's New World vistas, especially my fave time-travel cloud vortex.

Michael5000 said...

The glorious landscapes of Bierstadt have my vote. It doesn't even pain me!

Alison said...

Bierstadt :I

Candida said...

i'm still not feeling the Bierstadt love. Bellini.

UnwiseOwl said...

Bierstadt's water clinches it for me. I'm a sucker for religious art, but waterfalls are a trump card.

Michael5000 said...

A real nail-biter, as Bellini and Bierstadt ran neck-in-neck until the American took five of the last six votes to post a 8-5 victory. Never mind that it all happened last summer -- it's exciting now because we're tallying the votes now!!

Looking forward to a Bierstadt/Botticelli showdown next weekend? OH ME TOO!!!