Going Back to the Classics

first_imgThis week visual arts in Oxford was nowhere near boiling-point. The new exhibitions in the Ashmolean such as Spectacular Impressions and An Englishman’s Travels in Egypt, despite their promising titles, were more lukewarm than usual. The former, showcasing prints from the 15th to 17th centuries by artists such as Mantegna, Durer, Rembrandt and Van Dyck, was definitely enlightening. Every one of the images on display has been recognised internationally as to be of the highest quality, and each could probably inspire an exhibition in itself. However, to the untrained and uninformed eye, they were impressive more in terms of technical skill than emotive power. Similarly, the Englishman’s Travels in Europe though interesting in its revival of the story of Edward Lane, a renowned Arabic scholar and fine draughtsman, invited only a passing glance.In the same way, Ornamentation: drawings for the decorative arts, running in the Christ Church Gallery from 30 April to 30 July, seemed to me to be pleasant but entirely insipid, drawing on the College’s existing collection of graphic art and featuring particularly prominently the designs of Giulio Romano. Apart from a slight physical resemblance to Punch cartoons, the collection was unremarkable, offering plenty of faint drawings of ornamental vases, curlicues and seals.In comparison to these, the permanent collection of paintings in Christ Church seems much more impressive. Needless to say, the 300 odd Old Master paintings and almost 2 000 drawings are definitely overwhelming in their grandeur and scope. I particularly enjoyed the detailed work in paintings such as The Devil, where a certain Abba Moses the Indian (i.e from Ethiopia) is painted a lurid shade of green, with sagging breasts, a beard, tails, winds and bird feet in one of the Nine Scenes from the Lives of the Hermits (Tuscan Schoolc.1440- 1450). Other gems include the Fragment from a Lamentation by Hugo van der Goes (the tears on the Virgin’s face glisten with tangible emotion), and Filippino Lippi’s The Wounded Centaur, which beautifully depicts the dangers of playing with love.These, of course, are just a few examples of the wealth of delights provided by this small gallery, mentioned in every tourist guide, but under-utilised by the members of the University to whom, after all, admission is free (on presentation of a Bod card). In fact, I would recommend any bored visual arts buff to go spend an afternoon at Christ Church. More often than not, the permanent collection of the  college shows more dynamism and promise than newer arrivals to the city.ARCHIVE: 2nd Week TT 2003last_img read more

Phyllis J. Kocher

first_imgPhyllis J. Kocher, of Brookville, was born on November 28, 1940 in Hamilton, Ohio, the daughter of Hubert and Laurel Lenore Van Atta Grimme.  She married Paul Kocher on May 19, 1962 at St. Michael Church and he survives.  Phyllis retired from Avon after 30 years of employment.  She was a member of the Brookville United Methodist Church and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.  On Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at the age of 75, Phyllis passed away at Mercy Health in Fairfield.Those surviving who will cherish Phyllis’ memory include her husband Paul; children, Jeff (Robin) Kocher, Jerry (Cathy) Kocher, and Janie (Tracy) Hunt, all of Brookville; grandchildren, Kayla (Chandler), Jared, Brady, Taylor, Devan, Heather and Tali, and great grandchildren, Mason, Kinley and Landon.  She was preceded in death by her parents.Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 10 a.m. till time of service at 2 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Pastor Curtis Bond will officiate the funeral service.  Burial will follow in West Point Cemetery in Liberty, Indiana.Memorial donations may be directed to the Alzheimer’s or American Heart Associations.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Phyllis Kocher.last_img read more

Football News River Plate Enter Copa Libertadores Final Despite Losing To Bitter Rivals Boca Juniors

first_imgMadrid: Defending champions River Plate booked a place in the final of the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday despite losing a tense semi-final to rivals Boca Juniors at a packed Bombonera in Buenos Aires.  A goal from 19-year-old Venezuelan forward Jan Hurtado 10 minutes from full-time set up a frantic finale but River held on to go through 2-1 on aggregate. The “Millionaires” will play the winners of Wednesday’s all-Brazilian clash between Flamengo and Gremio in the final in Santiago next month. Urged on by 50,000 fans, Boca failed to get revenge in a repeat of last year’s final, the second leg of which was played 10,000 kilometers away in Madrid — and two weeks behind schedule — after the original match was twice postponed. The tone was set for a scrappy encounter when the kick-off was held up by 15 minutes to allow groundsmen using leaf-blowers to clear the pitch of thousands of paper sheets released like ticker tape by the fans. When the match did eventually get underway, it was predictably breathless as Boca — two goals down from the first leg — desperately sought an early breakthrough. But with Ramon Abila too often an isolated figure up front, Boca struggled for any fluidity, and River’s center-halves Lucas Quarta and Javier Pinola cleared everything that came their way. Boca’s Toto Salvio swept the ball into the net after 20 minutes but celebrations were cut short when it was rightly disallowed for a clear handball without the ref needing a VAR check.The ball struck defender Emmanuel Mas on the arm as he collided with teammate Augustin Almendra when flicking on Alexis Mac Allister’s deep free kick. River played the more composed football as the half wore on and the nearest Boca came to threatening Franco Armani’s goal was a sliced clearance by Enzo Perez that drew a point-blank reflex save from the Argentina goalkeeper just before half-time. Boca were better in the second half but still struggled for composure. Still, substitute Lucas Pratto could have sealed it for River but the striker opted to pass instead of shoot when he burst through on goal towards the end. Former Manchester United and Juventus center-forward Carlos Tevez — a sub in the first game — played from the start here but failed to create enough chances. “We left everything on the pitch. There’s nothing more we could do,” Tevez said after the game. The goal, when it came, was suitably scrappy. Mauro Zarate hoisted a free kick into the box, Lisandro Lopez won a header and with Armani stranded, Hurtado got the last touch as three Boca players scrambled for the loose ball. Frantic finale It set up a frantic finish, as Boca peppered River’s box with crosses. Substitute Sebastian Villa had a shot saved by Armani at his near post, and Mas rose highest to head a free-kick narrowly wide of Armani’s right-hand post at the end of six minutes of injury time.Brazilian referee Wilton Sampaio handed out eight yellow cards in a niggly match where chances were few and far between. “At times, when you can’t play, you have to fight,” said River’s Pinola, admitting his team lacked the spark they showed in the first leg. Flamengo play Gremio in the other semi-final at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium on Wednesday, with the match poised at 1-1. It was a satisfying night for River Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo, who masterminded last year’s 3-1 final victory over Boca after weeks of controversy. “There were a lot of stoppages. There were adverse conditions for us. We know how to suffer and today we suffered. We had to fight. We made the difference in the first leg,” Gallardo said after the game.Also Read | River Plate refuse to play twice-postponed Copa Libertadores final against Boca Juniors in MadridRiver ran out comfortable 2-0 winners at the Monumental in the first leg, thanks to goals from Rafael Borre and Nacho Fernandez. Boca’s players had refused to play the second match of last year’s two-legged final after their team bus came under attack from home fans at River. Boca appealed to South America’s football governing body CONMEBOL and the Court of Arbitration for Sport to have the trophy awarded to them, but both bids failed and they were beaten in Madrid.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more