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Hi guys! Hannotations of paintings in Hannibal are back! :)

The print hanging in Will’s kitchen depicts various fishing flies - actually it portrays colored and made-into-art drawings which were used in real patents for artificial fishing baits. The patents are:

  • Edward L. Cox, artificial bait, patented November 15, 1910
  • John P. Fiebig, floating fly or bait, patented January 16, 1917
  • O.C. Tuttle, fish bait, patented April 29,1919

Each of these three sections contains the title, figures, invetor’s signature, withness’ signature ands attorneys’ signature.

If we examine for example the first part, we can by searching for this information find the actual patent of Mr. Edward Lafayette Cox, of Alamoso, Colorado. With rich description of actualy baits:

Be it known that I, EDWARD L. Cox, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Alamosa, in the county of Conejos and State of Colorado, have invented a new and Improved Artificial Bait, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description.

The invention is an improvement in artificial fish baits, and has in view a bait in the form of a buoyant body which is practically indestructible and has the shining surface of the natural insect or minnow. To this end I cover the body of the bait with a quill and bind the quill about the ends of the body to keep out the water, the body or inner surface of the quill being preferably colored to imitate the insect or other bait which it is supposed to represent.

Reference is to be had to the accompanying drawings forming a part of this specification, in which similar characters of reference indicate corresponding parts in all the views.

Figure 1 is a view of an artificial bait embodying my invention as applied to a hook; Fig. 2 is a central longitudinal section through the same; and Fig. 3 is a view of a modified form of the invention…

And see the original black and white sketches of the baits:

This colored print can be found on allposters or e-bay, however nor one of them holds the name of the person who put these three scetches of patents together and colored them, and if it’s the one in the right bottom corner, it’s not recognizable. I vote that it was Will’s great-grandfather who worked in the patent office :).

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


All descriptions of paintings in Hannibal are here.

Antipasto (plural antipasti) means "before the meal" and is the traditional first course of a formal Italian meal.

Traditional antipasto includes cured meats, olives, peperoncini, mushrooms, anchovies, artichoke hearts, various cheeses (such as provolone or mozzarella), pickled meats, and vegetables in oil or vinegar.

The contents of an antipasto vary greatly according to regional cuisine. (or rude ones around, right?)

It is quite possible to find in the south of Italy different preparations of saltwater fish and traditional southern cured meats (like soppressata or ‘nduja), whereas in northern Italy it will contain different kinds of cured meats and mushrooms and probably, especially near lakes, preparations of freshwater fish. The cheeses included also vary significantly between regions and backgrounds. Many compare antipasto to hors d’oeuvre, but antipasto is served at the table and signifies the official beginning of the Italian meal. It may also be referred to as a starter, or an entrée.



Vincenzo Natali is the one whodirected episodes Su-Zakana (social worker in the horse) and Naka-Choko (Will “murders” Freddie Lounds).

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

Reference to Hannibal the novel in Kō No Mono (S2E11) and Œuf (S1E4)

Dr Lecter was watching a film called A Brief History of Time, about the great astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and his work. He had watched it many times before. This was his favorite part, where the teacup falls off the table and smashes on the floor.

Hawking, twisted in his wheelchair, speaks in his computer-generated voice: "Where does the difference between the past and the future come from? The laws of science do not distinguish between the past and the future. Yet there is a big difference between the past and future in ordinary life.

"You may see a cup of tea fall off of a table and break into pieces on the floor. But you will never see the cup gather itself back together and jump back on the table.” 

The film, run backward, shows the cup reassembling itself on the table. Hawking continues: “The increase of disorder or entropy is what distinguishes the past from the future, giving a direction to time.”

Dr Lecter admired Hawking’s work very much and followed it as closely as he could in the mathematical journals. He knew that Hawking had once believed the universe would stop expanding and would shrink again, and entropy might reverse itself. Later Hawking said he was mistaken.

Lecter was quite capable in the area of higher mathematics, but Stephen Hawking is on another plane entirely from the rest of us. For years Lecter had teased the problem, wanting very much for Hawking to be right the first time, for the expanding universe to stop, for entropy to mend itself, for Mischa, eaten, to be whole again.

and in the ending of Hannibal:

Occasionally, on purpose, Dr Lecter drops a teacup to shatter on the floor. He is satisfied when it does not gather itself together. For many months now, he has not seen Mischa in his dreams.


Another reference to the famous cup breaking! :) Oh Hanni…

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.