Thursday, December 20, 2018

Left Bracket Fifth Round Elimination: Dürer v. Caravaggio!

Albrecht Dürer and Caravaggio have both fallen victim to Degas, and it's interesting to think what they would make of that.  Dürer, who was at one time one of the highest-polling artists in the Tournament (he's still doing great to be in contention this late, obviously), has a 5-1 record and several blowouts under his belt.  Caravaggio has gone 6-1-2, with some of his victories being very close indeed.  They can't both win this one, so let's see what happens instead.  

Albrecht Dürer
1471 - 1528
 No artist better fits Thomas Carlyle's definition of genius, as the "transcendent capacity of taking trouble," than Albrecht Dürer. The industry of the man was breathtaking, his mastery of detail astonishing, yet everything he did seemed fresh and newly minted. The most intellectual of northern Renaissance artists, but the one who responded most immediately to nature, to the world and the people around him, he was profoundly religious yet supremely open-minded.
- New York Times
  • Defeated Anthony Van Dyck without too much trouble in Round 1.
  • Art-Brutalized Jean Dubuffet in Round 2.
  • Went ninja on Donatello in a massive Round 3 victory.
  • Beat Richard Diebenkorn on his home court in Round 4.
  • Lost a close one to Edgar Degas in Round 5.
  • Whupped on Paul Cézanne in the Left Bracket Fifth Round.

1571 - 1610
For 400 years Caravaggio's staggering artistic achievements have thrilled viewers, yet his volatile personal trajectory... has long confounded historians.
- National Gallery of Art


DrSchnell said...


Morgan said...

Durer. But I like the other guy quite a bit, too!

boonec1974 said...


mrs.5000 said...


Michael5000 said...

Dürer for me.

Nichim said...


UnwiseOwl said...

It pains me to vote against Durer, but I'm going to do it. Caravaggio's people are just so compelling.

Michael5000 said...

Susan says Dürer.

Candida said...

Caravaggio, by a hair. (I know it'd work better if it were "Durer, by a hare.") (Or has somebody already used that one?)

Michael5000 said...

Would Caravaggio have done better if it wasn't for the low holiday voter turnout? Maybe! But that's the breaks of the game. Dürer takes the match, six votes to three, and moves on to a good old fashioned German-master showdown!