Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Round Six: Altdorfer v. Bruegel

Albrecht Altdorfer
"Albrecht Altdorfer’s Landscape with a Double Spruce marks the beginning of a long and harmonious marriage between the medium of etching and the subject of landscape." "The sheet demonstrates remarkable spontaneity and a freedom of draftsmanship that echoes that of the artist’s numerous landscape drawings. Altdorfer’s revolutionary landscapes galvanized a group of artists later known as the Danube School."
- The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
  • Defeated Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema by a single vote in Round 1.
  • Crushed American minimalist sculpter Carl Andre in Round 2.
  • Spent a year and a half subduing Switzerland's Jacques-Laurent Agasse in Round 3.
  • Edged Fra Angelico by a two-vote swing in Round 4.  YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Beat Giacomo Balla easily in Round 5.

Pieter Bruegel (the Elder)
c.1525 - 1569
A number of Bruegel’s paintings focus on the lives of Flemish commoners.... But while these works demonstrate the artist’s attentive eye for detail and attest to his direct observation of village settings, they are far from simple re-creations of everyday life. The powerful compositions, brilliantly organized and controlled, reflect a sophisticated artistic design.... Bruegel’s use of landscape also defies easy interpretation, and demonstrates perhaps the artist’s greatest innovation.... These panoramic compositions suggest an insightful and universal vision of the world — a vision that distinguishes all the work of their remarkable creator.
- The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
  • Trounced his own son, Jan Bruegel the Elder, in Round 1.
  • Won easily against living artist Daniel Buren in Round 2.
  • Scorched respectable Victorian Ford Maddox Brown in Round 3.
  • Made it past Botticelli in Round 4.
  • Beat Gianlorenzo Bernini in Round 5 by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!


Chance said...

Kicking and rolling
about the Fair Grounds, swinging their butts, those
shanks must be sound to bear up under such
rollicking measures, prance as they dance
in Brueghel's great picture, The Kermess.


Morgan said...


Christine M. said...

Pieter Bruegel (the Elder)

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

Something always grabs my attention, and this time it is the first artist's depiction of Jesus breaking it down for everyone with some sassy hips. I'll take the first artist.

DrSchnell said...


mrs.5000 said...

Go, Bruegel!

Michael5000 said...

Breughel all the way to the finals, baby!!!!

boonec1974 said...

Altdorfer easily for me. I think he's much more artistically talented and tells some epic stories.

Nichim said...


Michael5000 said...

Susan votes for Brueghel.

pfly said...

Fun match up. Bruegel for me.

Candida said...


Michael5000 said...

Wellp, I think we can wrap this up. Easy win for Bruegel, who takes ten votes against Altdorfer's two. Bruegel will be back in action on Christmas morn!