Thursday, March 8, 2018

Left Bracket Fifth Round: Caravaggio v. Church!

The first-ever Left Bracket Fifth Round match pairs Caravaggio (5-1-1, 62-33, .653) against Frederick Church (4-1, 45-28, .616).  Church got here by losing to Caillebotte.  Caravaggio beat Gustave Courbet, who leaves the Tournament with a fine record of 6-2, 53-44, .546.  Courbet sets a new record for number of wins among artists who have left the Tournament; five of his six victories came in the Left Bracket after a Round 2 loss to Corot.

Caravaggio has tied with Caillebotte, and Church has lost to Caillebotte.  Does that means what it implies?  Let's find out!

1571 - 1610
For 400 years Caravaggio's staggering artistic achievements have thrilled viewers, yet his volatile personal trajectory... has long confounded historians.
- National Gallery of Art

Frederick Church
1826 - 1900
From the first, Church showed a remarkable talent for drawing and a strong inclination to paint in a crisp, tightly focused style. During the late 1840s and early 1850s Church experimented with a variety of subjects, ranging from recognizable views of American scenery, to highly charged scenes of natural drama, to imaginary creations based on biblical and literary sources.... Gradually, however, he began to specialize in ambitious works that combined carefully studied details from nature in idealized compositions that had a grandeur and seriousness beyond the usual efforts of his contemporaries.
- National Gallery of Art
  • Brutalized 13th Century master Cimabue in Round 1.
  • Lambasted Dutch still-life specialist Pieter Claesz in Round 2.
  • Took down the popular Joseph Cornell in what was described as a "cruel" Round 3 pairing.
  • Stunned Paul Cézanne in Round 4 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!! 
  • Fell hard to Gustave Caillebotte in Round 5.


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Morgan said...

Golly, what a matchup. Church.

Christine M. said...


boonec1974 said...


boonec1974 said...

"Caravaggio... No Church. They're so intricate but beautiful."

Candida said...


mrs.5000 said...

OK, Church is the guy I'd invite to the dinner party, but Caravaggio is the one I'm voting for.

Michael5000 said...

Susan votes Church.

Michael5000 said...

Aw man, both of these guys can get a bit overheated. Caravaggio at his best is amazing, but you don't always get his best. Church, well... Church is going to get my vote, because of that boat and that iceburg.

pfly said...

Caravaggio. I quite like Church, but Caravaggio is in a whole other league, seems to me.

Michael5000 said...

Golly, what a match-up indeed! Our lads fight to a TIE in this contest -- thus putting Fifth Round Elimination on hold for the time being. Twists! Turns!