Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Fifth Round: Escher v. Michelangelo!

"Semifinals" designates the Fourth to Seventh Rounds of the Infinite Art Tournament.  This Fifth Round Match features M.C. Escher (4-0, 39-15, .722) against Michelangelo (4-1, 35-24, .593). They beat Van der Weyden and Wyeth, respectively, in a pair of close Four Round matches.

M. C. Escher
1898 - 1972
The artist who created some of the most memorable images of the 20th century was never fully embraced by the art world. There is just one work by Maurits Cornelis Escher in all of Britain’s galleries and museums, and it was not until his 70th birthday that the first full retrospective exhibition took place in his native Netherlands. Escher was admired mainly by mathematicians and scientists, and found global fame only when he came to be considered a pioneer of psychedelic art by the hippy counterculture of the 1960s.
- The Guardian

1475 - 1564
Michelangelo (1475-1564) was a sculptor, painter and architect widely considered to be one of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance period—and arguably of all time. His work demonstrated a blend of psychological insight, physical realism and intensity never before seen. His contemporaries recognized his extraordinary talent, and Michelangelo received commissions from some of the most wealthy and powerful men of his day, including popes and others affiliated with the Catholic Church. His resulting work, most notably his Pietà and David sculptures and Sistine Chapel ceiling paintings, has been carefully tended and preserved, ensuring that future generations would be able to view and appreciate Michelangelo’s genius.
  • Beat Sir John Everett Millais by a single vote in Round 1. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Beat Spanish painter Joan Miró in Round 2.
  • Tied with Gabriel Metsu in his first try at Round 3. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Overcame Velázquez in a second try at Round 3.
  • Beat Andrew Wyeth in the final match of Round 4, by a single vote. YOUR VOTE 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. Fourth-round matches are open for at least three months after posting.


Morgan said...

You haven't shown me a Michaelangelo that convinces me that he's a master artist yet. Maybe Escher benefits from not having to live up to that hype? In any case, I vote Escher. And this is from an aesthetic standpoint, not from an "I like math" standpoint.

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Chance said...

Love them both, but Escher.

Michael5000 said...

Mariah votes for Escher on Facebook.

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Michael5000 said...

Rebecca goes for Michelangelo on FB.

Candida said...

Michelangelo today.

Michael5000 said...

Two more for Escher and one more for Michelangelo off of Facebook.

Michael5000 said...

Well, geez, you know... Michelangelo.

Sarah Braun Hamilton said...

Hmm, I don't know.

Michael5000 said...

Susan's vote by email: "This is Apples v Pineapples & Michelangelo is the Great Pineapple."

Michael5000 said...

And that's the tipping vote. The Great Pineapple wins the match, eight votes to seven, and will move on against Jan Vermeer. Escher continues up the down staircase, as it were, and reemerges in a physically impossible spot on the Left Brackets, where he'll hang out for a while before taking on the winner of the match between the winner of Toulouse-Lautrec/Tingueley and the winner of the match between Turner and the winner of Stella/Sutherland. If you follow me.