Voting in the M(art)ch Madness second round has concluded, and you’ve decided the Sweet 16. The full bracket, with all the voting percentages, is here.
The biggest upset came in the Paris regional, where No. 8 seed Vermeer beat No. 1 Manet handily, with 60 percent of the votes. The other three top seeds in the Paris regional – Caravaggio, Matisse and Durer – all advanced. The other big upsets came in the Florence regional, where No. 7 seed Bosch topped No. 2 Pollock and No. 6 Van Gogh squeaked past No. 3 Velasquez (who mounted a furious comeback fueled by desperate fans of the Baroque giant). That sets up a showdown between the two Dutch artists for the right to face No. 1 seed Michelangelo, who crushed No. 8 Rauschenberg with 83 percent of the vote, the biggest margin of victory in the found of 32. With two big wins, Michalengelo has to be the favorite to win it all.
In the Amsterdam and New York regionals, the top seeds all advanced with the exception of No. 3 Raphael, who was beat decisively by No. 6 Goya, who won 73 percent of the vote, the most in the New York regional. Goya’s run may come to an end in the next round, though, when he faces No. 1 Picasso. In the Amsterdam regional, No. 1 Rembrandt and No. 2 Leonardo appear to be a on a collision course.
Sweet 16 voting will start later today.