Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Left Bracket Fifth Round: Fra Angelico v. Bernini!

This Left Bracket Fifth Round match pairs Fra Angelico (5-1, 47-33, .588) against Bernini (4-1, 52-29, .642).  Bernini got here by losing to Pieter Bruegel, whereas Fra Angelico had to gut out a win over Avercamp.  

Avercamp's singular record of 6-2-3, 85-57, .599 ties records among artists leaving the Tournament for matches won and matches tied and sets new records for number of matches, number of votes for, and number of votes against.  He ranks 16th among exited artists in terms of "batting average" (votes for/votes cast), but is number one for now in terms of overall vote margin (votes for - votes against).

Fra Angelico
Known for his pious treatment of religious subjects – which he portrayed with unprecedented psychological penetration and a compelling realism – Fra Giovanni was first called "pictor angelicus," the Angelic Painter, shortly after his death in 1455, a name that came to be rendered in English as Fra Angelico. In 1984, Fra Angelico was beatified – the first step in the process toward sainthood – by Pope John Paul II, who also decreed him the patron of artists.
- The Met
  • Defeated Florentine master Andrea del Sarto in Round 1 by a decisive but respectful margin.
  • Beat Sofonisba Anguissola in Round 2 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!! (This match was incorrectly determined a tie in March 2012; the miscount was discovered in May 2013. YOUR VIGILANCE COUNTS!!!)
  • Made it past Arcimboldo in Round 3.
  • Lost to Albrecht Altdorfer in Round 4 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Beat Max Beckmann in the Left Bracket Fourth Round.
  • Beat Hendrick Avercamp in Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination.

Gianlorenzo Bernini
1598 - 1680
Gian Lorenzo Bernini dominated the Roman art world of the seventeenth century, flourishing under the patronage of its cardinals and popes while also challenging contemporary artistic traditions. His sculptural and architectural projects reveal an innovative interpretation of subjects, use of forms, and combination of media. Forging a path for future artists, he played an instrumental role in establishing the dramatic and eloquent vocabulary of the Baroque style.
- The Met
  • Trounced German conceptual installation artist Josef Beuys in Round 1
  • Won a hard-fought match against American landscape artist Albert Bierstadt in Round 2.
  • Edged by Giovanni Bellini in Round 3 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!
  • Got by Hieronymus Bosch in Round 4.
  • Fell to Pieter Bruegel in Round 5 by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!


Morgan said...

Hard. I think I'll vote for the Fra.

Christine M. said...

Gianlorenzo Bernini

Chance said...

A difficult comparison, but Bernini for his superior technical skill

Michael5000 said...

Rebecca votes Bernini.

Michael5000 said...

Susan votes for Vermeer.

Michael5000 said...

Laurence votes for Fra Angelico.

boonec1974 said...

Wow, tough call. I can't say I've seen a better sculptor yet in this tournament, but Fra is just so uniquely incredible. I'll go with Angelico.

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mrs.5000 said...

Oh, Fra Angelico for me, no contest. And yes, I acknowledge Bernini's awesomeness.

Michael5000 said...

The Fra for me, but it's really just that I'm not much into sculpture. Bernini is certainly the bomb, sculture-wise.

Sarah Braun Hamilton said...

Fra Angelico

Michael5000 said...

Up there where it says that Susan votes for Vermeer, that should say Fra Angelico.

Michael5000 said...

Fra Angelico takes it! Seven votes, including the last four, put him on top by two votes. Bernini leaves after a dazzling 5-2 run, very possibly the most successful dedicated sculptor of the Tournament.

Michael5000 said...

Well, a dazzling 4-2 run anyway.