Girl Playing Astragaloi (the knucklebone game) at Altes Museum in Berlin, Germany

Welcome to “Art, Culture & Books” with me Anthony King. Today I’ll be taking you to see the Girl Playing Astragaloi (the knucklebone game) which is from Rome, Italy, specifically from the Eastern slope of Caelian Hill. It’s marble from around 150 AD and it’s currently at the Altes Museum in Berlin, Germany. This Hellenistic sculpture, one among six Roman replicas sharing a common theme, captures the essence of a seated female engaged in a genuine game. Perched on the floor, legs drawn up, she steadies herself with the left hand while tossing two knuckles with the right. The intricacies of the game are real; each side of the knucklebone holds a specific value. These knucklebones, fashioned from the ankle bones of sheep or goats,

Model Writing Postcards by Carl Larsson at the Thielska Gallery Stockholm, Sweden

Welcome to Art, Culture & Books with me Anthony King. Today I’ll be taking you to see Model Writing Postcards by Carl Larsson as well as other works at the Thielska Gallery (also known as The Thiel Gallery) in Stockholm, Sweden. I had a beautiful afternoon at the gallery and in it’s surrounding parks. In a moment we will turn to some incredible works by Carl Larsson including Model Writing Postcards but I quickly want to tell you about some of the other art you are seeing in todays video. A few days ago I took you on a tour of Edvard Munch’s 1927 painting The girls on the Bridge and his house in Asgardstrand and the area where he painted so many of his

Winter (or La Cigale Grasshopper, winter) by Konstanty Laszczka at National Museum Warsaw, Poland

Welcome to Art, Culture & Books with me Anthony King. Today I’ll be taking you to see a sculpture by Konstanty Laszczka called Winter (or La Cigale Grasshopper, winter). It was made in 1895 and you’ll find it at The National Museum in Warsaw, Poland. Konstanty Laszczka was a multifaceted figure—a Polish sculptor, painter, graphic artist, professor, and the Rector of the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków from 1911 onwards but didn’t last long there. By the way, make sure to watch my November video on Jan Matejko’s painting “The Battle of Grunwald” to learn more about Matejko. Konstanty Laszczka was born on 3rd September 1865 and died on 23rd March 1956 in Kraków, Laszczka actively participated in exhibitions organized by the

Prometheus Bound and the Oceanids by Eduard Müller at Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin, Germany

Welcome to “Art, Culture & Books” with me Anthony King. Today I’ll be taking you to see Prometheus Bound and the Oceanids, an 1879 marble sculpture by German sculptor Eduard Müller which is located at Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin, Germany. Prometheus Bound and the Oceanids is so large that it’s actually been placed outside in a kind of courtyard area underneath a passage way. It’s also chiselled out of a single block of marble. In a certain sense, it’s quite hidden away and I expect many people just walk passed it. Eduard Müller, the German sculptor, was born on 9th August 1828 and died on 29th December 1895 in Rome. Initially employed as a cook, Müller extensively travelled to Munich, Paris, and Antwerp. Prometheus Bound,

Fox Hill, Upper Norwood by Camille Pissarro at the National Gallery, London

Welcome to Art, Culture & Books with me Anthony King. Today I’ll be taking you to see a wonderful 1870 oil on canvas painting by one of my favourite artists, Camille Pissarro called ‘Fox Hill, Upper Norwood’ which you’ll find at my local gallery, the National Gallery in London. This painting is in a corner in an odd position and is overlooked by many. Camille Pissarro, the Danish-French painter, was born on July 10, 1830, in Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands, and died on November 13, 1903, in Paris, France. Wondering why he was in London? It turns out he painted there too. One of the 12 paintings he did in London happened during the Franco-Prussian war between late 1870 and mid-1871. When the Prussians

Alice by Amedeo Modigliani at the National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen

Welcome to Art, Culture & Books with me Anthony King. Today I’ll be taking you on a photographic tour of a 1918 painting called ‘Alice’ by the one and only Amedeo Modigliani. It’s currently at the National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen. Before I start today, if you can get hold of the DVD box set from France “The Heydays of Montparnasse” it will teach you everything you need to know about Paris turn of the century from eyewitness and many of the artists themselves. It’s hard to get and expensive but a must for your serious art lovers. OK! Alice! Alice, an oil-on-canvas painting by Amedeo Modigliani from around 1918, currently resides in the Danish National Gallery, having been donated in 1928. Modigliani, renowned for

Frank Cadogan Cowper’s Vanity & Du Bist Faust Goethe exhibition at the Kunsthalle, Munich, Germany

Welcome to Art, Culture & Books with me Anthony King. Today I’ll be taking you on a video and photographic tour of the Du Bist Faust (translated as You Are Faust), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe exhibition at the Kunsthalle, Munich, Germany. I visited this a couple of years ago and it was, without a doubt one of the best art exhibitions. We’re going to take a closer look at 3 incredible oil on canvases including; Frank Cadogan Cowper’s 1907 Vanity. Luis Ricardo Falero’s The departure of the Witches from 1878 and Eduard von Grützner’s Mephisto, from 1872. We’re also going to explore other pieces of great art from the exhibition. Remember to pause the video to read any longer text in full. Faust, a central

Edvard Munch’s 1927 painting The girls on the Bridge and his house in Asgardstrand

Welcome to “Art, Culture & Books” with me Anthony King. Today I’ll be taking you on a photographic tour of Edvard Munch’s 1927 painting The girls on the Bridge and his house in Asgardstrand and the area where he painted so many of his paintings, including his girls on a bridge series. I’ll take you to the exact spot on the… pier, not a bridge, as far as I can remember! I’ll also take you on an exploration of the whole area. Edvard Munch, born on December 12, 1863, and died on January 23, 1944, was a Norwegian painter known for his significant contribution to Western art. Among his notable works is “The Scream,” created in 1893. Titled “Young Girls on a Bridge,” Munch produced

Roald Amundsen Bust & The Polar Museum, Tromso

Welcome to “Art, Culture & Books” with me Anthony King. Today I’ll be taking you to look at the 1934 Roald Amundsen bust carved by Tongsberg born Karl G. Nilssen at The Polar Museum, in Tromso, Norway. Tromso is an incredibly beautiful place and I was lucky to interview the Norwegian Prime Minister there, for my book “The Secret Norwegian”. It’s also got quite a dark side too but it’s certainly a special place right towards the top of the north of Norway. Remember to pause the video to read any longer text in full. We’ll be taking a good look around the museum. The Polar Museum is located, alongside the sea. It consists of various buildings, each contributing to its historical environment. The permanent