Friday, September 28, 2018

Left Bracket Fifth Round: Rockwell v. Raphael!

This Left Bracket Fifth Round match pairs Norman Rockwell (5-1, 54-19, .740) against Raphael (4-1, 36-19, .655).  Rockwell arrived by way of a narrow win over over Berthe Morisot, and Raphael from a loss to Patenier. 

Norman Rockwell
1894 - 1978
Rockwell was a careful craftsman with an ability to represent detail realistically. The subjects of most of his illustrations were taken from everyday family and small-town life and were often treated with a touch of humour. Though loved by the public, Rockwell’s work was dismissed by most critics as lacking artistic merit and authentic social observation.
- Encyclopedia Britannica

1483 - 1520
It would be impossible to say which artist is the greatest painter of portraits, but many would award the palm to Raphael.  He had that combination of qualities that the portrait painter needs: a keen awareness of the sitter's personality -- an insight into what makes the sitter "tick" -- combined with the great painterly skills that can create forms and colors, that of themselves alone would give us pleasure.
- Sister Wendy's 1000 Masterpieces


Christine M. said...


Morgan said...

Rockwell. Raphael's not half bad, though.

Chance said...

Emotion took over. Rockwell. Near and dear to my heart. Maybe not a master like Caravaggio, but a true American classic.

Love the one where the little girl is smiling, with a black eye, ready to see the principal.

UnwiseOwl said...

Wow. It's Rockwell for me for his ability to capture expressive emotion, but this was a challenge.

boonec1974 said...

Hard to vote against Raphael, but I just love the implied stories of Rockwell.

Maddy said...

Rockwell, though I'd rather have a Raphael portrait on my wall.

Elder Moore said...

Rockwell, for the stories.

Michael5000 said...

Susan votes for Raphael.