STRIPES YOU GUYS, STRIPES. (OKAY MAYBE I JUST REALLY LIKE MEDIEVAL THINGS AND THIS IS STRETCHING IT BUT I NEED TO WRITE A PAPER SO WHATEVER)
So guys, I’m supposed to be writing an art history final paper, but I became distracted when I realized what Hannibal’s office reminded me of! The cathedral in Pisa! (It’s a pretty and accurate painting, but you can go use google to find photographs of it if you want.)
Then I tried to be all cool and meta-y and connect the Duomo in Florence to Pisa, because the Duomo doesn’t have those cool stripes like you see on his curtains. (OH, and also because Hannibal draws the Duomo and shows it off to Clarice in the movie, The Silence of the Lambs.)
It was easier than that because I’m lazy, and also when I searched through my digital copy of the book I found something! Guess what the movie had left out? Hannibal’s reference to Duccio!
You know what’s really cool about Duccio? He was from Siena and some his best known pieces were originally installed in the cathedral of Siena. And you know what’s cool about Siena Cathedral? It has lots of stripes!
Wait, so why are striped curtains important at all? Well apparently having striped curtains was an essential part of making Hannibal’s office as seen by the pictures in the illustrated script. (P.S. Those are probably custom made curtains too, as opposed to the horse in Hannibal’s office you can buy online… so I would like to think they’re important/symbolic)
It’s fun for me to think about because I had to take an art history class for my graduation requirements, and I really hope there is a connection between a reference made in the book and a design choice made for the show, because that would be cool! More importantly, wouldn’t it make sense that Hannibal is so pretentious he would design his own office and decide that the theme is a subtle reference to a medieval European building?
I love you.