Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Round Six: da Vinci v. Ely

Leonardo da Vinci
1452 - 1519
Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most intriguing personalities in the history of Western art. Trained in Florence as a painter and sculptor in the workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio, Leonardo is also celebrated for his scientific contributions. Leonardo’s curiosity and insatiable hunger for knowledge never left him. He was constantly observing, experimenting, and inventing, and drawing was, for him, a tool for recording his investigation of nature. Although completed works by Leonardo are few, he left a large body of drawings (almost 2,500) that record his ideas, most still gathered into notebooks. He was principally active in Florence and Milan, but spent the last years of his life in Rome and France, where he died. His genius as an artist and inventor continues to inspire artists and scientists alike centuries after his death.
- The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
  • Pounded Sir Peter Lely in Round 1.
  • Skunked Stanley William Hayter in Round 2.
  • Beat the Limbourg Brothers in Round 3 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Made it easily past El Lissitzky, though many voters expressed mixed feelings, in Round 4.
  • Blasted past Klee in Round 5.

Timothy Ely
born 1949
Timothy C. Ely is an renowned and enigmatic figure in the book world. He is part of that discipline, yet lives and works in a universe apart. His one-of-kind manuscript books combine elaborate and often mysterious painted and drawn folios contained within finely crafted bindings, which are his inventions or variations on traditional binding techniques. Each book carries layers of both materials and meaning. Close study of each drawing can elicit revelations, personal to each viewer.
- Abby Schoolman Books
  • Took First Place in Phase 1, Flight 7, with a voting score of .813.
  • Tied for First in Phase 2, Flight 5 of the Play-In Tournament with a voting score of .500.
  • Laid a beating on William Dobson in Round 1.
  • Surprised Man Ray in Round 2.
  • Upset Édouard Manet in Round 3 by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Beat fellow Play-In Tournament artist Ernst Haeckel in Round 4.
  • Stunned Henri Matisse in Round 5.


Christine M. said...

Leonardo da Vinci

Nichim said...


Morgan said...

Leo, I suppose.

Chance said...

Ely's work is beautiful and striking, but come on. It's da Vinci. There's no contest. Five votes for de Vinci.

Maddy said...

It's a nice pairing. I suppose I'll have to go for da Vinci.

Michael5000 said...

One vote apiece on the Facebook feed.

boonec1974 said...

Nora: "Leonardo da Vinci- duh!"
I'll go with him as well.

mrs.5000 said...

This is a lovely match-up. I think Ely's work is in many ways an attempt to channel Leonardo da Vinci in an intergalactic mode. I've got to go with Leonardo the original.

Michael5000 said...

OK, you know, I have described as a "national treasure" in other forums, and I think I've voted for him every step of the way. But you know, it was going to have to end at some point, and we've arrived there. I vote for Leonardo da Vinci -- one of the people who helped shape who we all are today. We are all ripples of ol' Leo's wake.

Michael5000 said...

Susan votes-by-mail for Leonardo da Vinci.

pfly said...


Candida said...

I think it says something that it took me so long to decide on the vote for this one, but the results are apparently predictable, looking at the previous votes. Da Vinci.

Michael5000 said...

It's 12 to 2 for the old guy! Leonardo da Vinci advances to the Elite Eight! But keep in mind that this is Double-Elimination, folks -- so you'll be seeing Ely again soon, and against the winner of Rockwell/Picasso to boot. MAN I love this Tournament!