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Hannibal’s Memory Palace

As once we visited Dr Lecter in the Palazzo of the Capponi, so we will go with him now into the palace of his mind …

The foyer is the Norman Chapel in Palermo, severe and beautiful and timeless, with a single reminder of mortality in the skull graven in the floor. Unless he is in a great hurry to retrieve information from the palace, Dr Lecter often pauses here as he does now, to admire the chapel. Beyond it, far and complex, light and dark, is the vast structure of Dr Lecter’s making. 

The memory palace was a mnemonic system well known to ancient scholars and much information was preserved in them through the Dark Ages while Vandals burned the books. Like scholars before him, Dr Lecter stores an enormous amount of information keyed to objects in his thousand rooms, but unlike the ancients, Dr Lecter has a second purpose for his palace; sometimes he lives there. He has passed years among its exquisite collections, while his body lay bound on a violent ward with screams buzzing the steel bars like hell’s own harp.

Hannibal Lecter’s palace is vast, even by medieval standards. Translated tothe tangible world it would rival the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul for size and complexity.

- Thomas Harris, Hannibal the novel

I think it’s time we discuss the paintings on the right side of Hannibal’s bedroom. (The description of left ones are here, as well as terms like Ukiyo-e, Woodblock printing or The Edo Period and Katsushika Hokusai.)

The first one is “Shinpan Ukie Shin Yoshiwara Omonuchi no Zu” (新版浮絵新吉原大門口之図) - “A New Edition of a Perspective Print Showing the Great Gate at New Yoshiwara” by Katsushika Hokusai. It dates from between 1811-1813. This print shows a bird’s-eye view of men and women passing through the gate between buildings in the New Yoshiwara. 

The second one is from the same artist and its called Yokkaichi, from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road created in 1804.

The third one (when there is no lamp in front of it :-)) is called Groups of Mountain Climbers (Shojin tozan), from the series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjurokkei) and is also from Katsushika Hokusai.

Sending thanks and love to xshiromorix for help with indentifying the pieces.


All descriptions of paintings in Hannibal are here.

Hannibal’s home sweater / pyjamas top.

I tried to find it (so I could hannotate it - I have absolutly no intention of wearing it and thinking about Hannibal, nope, really not, *heavily in denial*) and was only partial successful. I find a lot of similar ones - but not a lot of them had the ‘v-neck’.

First I tried to find the exact one in men’s clothes - the closest I managed to find (in the different color, yep I like blue) is the first one. I think it’s not difficult to imagine Hannibal in this Ralph Lauren pullover.

Then I decided I find the closest one in the women department. Same Raulph Lauren woman version is the second one (Did I tell you I like blue?). 

Unfortunately that brand is something I can afford just to imagine I mean for scientific reasons, so I managed to find something more money-plausible - that’s the third one.

I keep looking for the right one… does anybody know what that sweater is for sure? Did Bryan or anyone mentioned it in any interview? I need to know… for scientific reasones of course ;).


Update: invisiblefatman suggested it could be a brand of this one, yep, it can be - the prices of new sweaters  would certainly indicated so :).

These prints in Hannibal’s office originate from: “Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers” (Encyclopaedia, or a Systematic Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts, and Crafts).

Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métierswas a general encyclopedia published in France between 1751 and 1772, with later supplements, revised editions, and translations. It was edited by Denis Diderot and, until 1759, co-edited by Jean le Rond d’Alembert.

As of 1750, the full title was Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, par une société de gens de lettres, mis en ordre par M. Diderot de l’Académie des Sciences et Belles-Lettres de Prusse, et quant à la partie mathématique, par M. d’Alembert de l’Académie royale des Sciences de Paris, de celle de Prusse et de la Société royale de Londres. (“Encyclopedia: or a Systematic Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts, and Crafts, by a Company of Men of Letters, arranged by M. Diderot of the Academy of Sciences and Belles-lettres of Prussia: as to the Mathematical Portion, arranged by M. d’Alembert of the Royal Academy of Sciences of Paris, to the Academy of Sciences in Prussia and to the Royal Society of London.”) The title page was amended as D’Alembert acquired more titles.

The Encyclopédie was an innovative encyclopedia in several respects. Among other things, it was the first encyclopedia to include contributions from many named contributors, and it was the first general encyclopedia to lavish attention on the mechanical arts. the Encyclopédie is famous above all for representing the thought of the Enlightenment. According to Denis Diderot in the article “Encyclopédie”, the Encyclopédie’s aim was “to change the way people think”. He wanted to incorporate all of the world’s knowledge into the Encyclopédie and hoped that the text could disseminate all this information to the public and future generations.

These plates are engraved by J.A.Defehrt and Bonaventure/Benoit-Louis Prevost after J.R Lucotte or Goussier. The first plate is engraved by Prevost after Goussier and the second one by Defehrt after Goussier.

Sending love to xshiromorix for identifying the pieces! :-)


All descriptions of paintings in Hannibal are here.

While (not really patiently) waiting for season 3 and Lady Murasaki, let’s talk about the art in Hannibal’s bedroom (left side this time)

The first one is “Hōryūkaku (芳流閣)” by Utagawa Kunisada from 1852. The scene depicts the battle on the roof of Horyu Tower at Koga castle between Inukai Genpachi Nobumichi and Inuzuka Shino Moritaka from the early 19th century novel, “Nansō Satomi Hakkenden (南総里見八犬伝)” - “Tale of the Eight Dogs”.

Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese: 歌川 国貞; also known as Utagawa Toyokuni III (三代歌川豊国); 1786 – 12 January 1865) was one of the the most popular, prolific and financially successful designer of ukiyo-e woodblock prints in 19th-century Japan. In his own time, his reputation far exceeded that of his contemporaries, Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi.  

We already spoke about the second one here.

The third one is “Sesshū Ajikawaguchi Tenpōzan (摂州安治川口天保山)” - “Mt. Tenpō (or Tenpōzan) at the mouth of Aji River in Sesshū Province”, dated 1834. It belongs to the series “Shokoku Meikyō Kiran (諸国名橋奇覧)” - “Remarkable Views of Bridges in Various Provinces” by Katsushika Hokusai from 1827–1830.

Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾 北斎?, October 31, 1760 (exact date questionable) – May 10, 1849) was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. He was influenced by such painters as Sesshu, and other styles of Chinese painting.

Ukiyo-e, or ukiyo-ye (浮世絵; “pictures of the floating world”), is a genre of woodblock prints and paintings that flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries. Aimed at the prosperous merchant class in the urbanizing Edo period (1603–1867), depictions of beautiful women; kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers; scenes from history and folk tales; travel scenes and landscapes; flora and fauna; and erotica were amongst the popular themes.

Woodblock printing in Japan (Japanese: 木版画, moku hanga) is a technique best known for its use in the ukiyo-e artistic genre; however, it was also used very widely for printing books in the same period. Woodblock printing had been used in China for centuries to print books, long before the advent of movable type, but was only widely adopted in Japan surprisingly late, during the Edo period (1603-1867). Although similar to woodcut in western printmaking in some regards, the moku hanga technique differs in that it uses water-based inks—as opposed to western woodcut, which often uses oil-based inks. The Japanese water-based inks provide a wide range of vivid colors, glazes, and transparency.

The Edo period (江戸時代 Edo jidai), or Tokugawa period (徳川時代 Tokugawa jidai), is the period between 1603 and 1868 in the history of Japan, when Japanese society was under the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate and the country’s 300 regional Daimyo. The period was characterized by economic growth, strict social order, isolationist foreign policies, environmental protection policies, and popular enjoyment of arts and culture.

Sending huge thanks and love to xshiromorix for identifying the pieces and help with information! :)


All descriptions of paintings in Hannibal are here.