Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Elite Eight: Leonardo da Vinci v. Monet

The "Elite Eight" are the last eight undefeated artists from the original field of 512.  This is the third of the four Seventh-Round matches!  You're welcome.

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.
  • Trounced Timothy Ely in Round 6.

Claude Monet
1840 - 1926
Claude Monet was a key figure in the Impressionist movement that transformed French painting in the second half of the nineteenth century. Throughout his long career, Monet consistently depicted the landscape and leisure activities of Paris and its environs as well as the Normandy coast. He led the way to twentieth-century modernism by developing a unique style that strove to capture on canvas the very act of perceiving nature.
- - The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
  • Skunked! Skunked Henry Moore in Round 1
  • Skunked! Skunked Fernand Léger in Round 2
  • Beat Gustave Moreau easily in Round 3.
  • Defeated Norman Rockwell in the Fourth Round by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Beat Georgia O'Keeffe in Round 5.
  • Got past Patinir in Round 6.


Christine M. said...

Leonardo da Vinci

Morgan said...

Claude Monet. Love the texture, love the colors.

mrs.5000 said...

Leonardo da Vinci!

Michael5000 said...

Mariah votes for Monet on FB.

UnwiseOwl said...

Wow...I'm actually going to back Da Vinci.
I'm surprised myself.

boonec1974 said...

Leonardo de Vinci

Michael5000 said...

I'm with the Owl on this one. Da Vinci and surprised.

Michael5000 said...

Susan votes for da Vinci.

Candida said...

da Vinci.

Michael5000 said...

Leonardo Da Vinci, down 2-3, takes five straight votes and finishes with the win, 7 to 3! He's a real second-half painter. It's the conditioning.