Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Infinite Art Tournament Left Bracket Third-Round Elimination: Avercamp v. Anguissola!

Hendrick Avercamp lost his first match back in November 2011, but since then has stayed alive with a remarkable string of four wins and three ties.  To make it to his ninth Tournament appearance, which is probably a first for any artist, he knocked out Jacob Jordaens, who had a final record of 3-2-1.

Meanwhile, Sonifbusa Anguissola has been locked in a match against Jacques-Laurent Agasse since November 2013 waiting for Avercamp to catch up.  Agasse was in the first match of the Tournament, so if there's any contest to the longest span of time active in the Tournament, it only starts now: Agasse went 2-2 and was active from September 10, 2011 to September 23, 2017: six years, thirteen days.  But, Albrecht Altdorfer started on October 8, 2011 and hasn't had a loss yet, so Agasse won't last long on the top of the pops.  He'll also be surpassed by either Avercamp or Anguissola, or maybe both of them.

Hendrick Avercamp

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!!!
  • Beat Jacques-Laurent Agasse in a November 2013 Left Bracket Third Round match that stayed open for three years and ten months. YOUR VOTE EVENTUALLY 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.


DrSchnell said...


Nichim said...


Christine M. said...

Sofonisba Anguissola

Chance said...

Anguissola. Not a big fan of either, but Anguissola just seems more vibrant.

In response to your comment on my blog: yes, I am, and I was very much inspired by your various blogs. Your own cataloguing of mental and physical feats is interesting and witty; I thought that a near-daily catalog of my own timed accomplishments in the world of mental puzzles would be something that would be keep me interested as well as help sharpen the ol' thought engine.

pfly said...


Unknown said...

I love it when people stand on ice, Avercamp

Morgan said...

I feel conflicted about Anguissola. I really like paintings 3 and 4. I don't much care for painting 1. Painting 2 gives me the hardest time: I strongly dislike right-girls weird hand, and middle-girl is clearly just a cardboard cutout faced slightly to the left of the viewer. On the other hand, I love left-girls enigmatic smile and the onlooker's expression.

On the OTHER other hand, I enjoy all of the Avercamps and although I feel like as a SERIOUS ENJOYER OF ART I ought to like the Anguissolas more I can't bring myself to do so. So, Avercamp.

Michael5000 said...

Mariah goes Avercamp on the Facebooks.

mrs.5000 said...

Hey, I like Avercamp, but what did he do in the summer? I like the chess game, such a memorable painting despite its awkwardnesses, but Sofonisba Anguissola would have my vote for the self-portrait alone.

boonec1974 said...

I find ti interesting that Anguissola's faces are both the best and worst parts of her paintings (super awkward). Regardless, a vote for Avercamp's icy awesomeness.

Michael5000 said...

Susan votes for Avercamp

Michael5000 said...

O Sofonisba!

Candida said...


Michael5000 said...

It's a tight contest, but in the end it's the Iceman Henrik Avercamp that puts together more votes. He takes this one eight votes to five, and moves on into the Fourth Round!