Leda & the Swan    

Table of Contents    


Illuminating Manuscripts

About the Author

Novel Thoughts

Leda's Online Library



The Harpsichord

History of Harmony

Johann Sebastian Bach

Man of Genius


Alessandro Scarlatti



A Lecterphile in Florence

Do You Know Florence?


Fine Art

Museo Virtuale

Faces of Leda

Every Vermeer in the World



Leda & The Swan - An Online Literary Journal   

Museo Virtuale

Fine Art in the Lecter Trilogy
As the Doctor was kind enough to point out, Duccio paints accurate crucifixions... now see for yourself as we bring you every work of art in the Lecter Trilogy. 

Please note - when an artist is mentioned without reference to a given work, a representational piece will be included, where possible.

All page numbers refer to paperback editions.

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Thanks to Ruth and Leeker17 for image searches!

Chapter 3 Page 23

Madonna and Child - CimabueThe three front-page photos were: Clarice Starling in fatigues firing a .45 caliber pistol in competition, Evelda Drumgo bent over in the road, her head tilted like that of a Cimabue Madonna, with the brains blown out, and Starling again, putting a brown naked baby on a white cutting board amid knives and fish guts and the head of a shark.

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Chapter 9, Pages 63-64

The Ancient of Days - William BlakeA seating area in the corner of Mason Verger’s chamber was severely lit from above. A passable print of William Blake’s “The Ancient of Days” hung above the couch – God measuring with his calipers. The picture was draped with black to commemorate the recent passing of the Verger patriarch. The rest of the room was dark.

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Chapter 17, Page 130

La Primavera - Botticelli - Also called The Allegory of SpringThe original painting was behind him in the Uffizi museum. “Primavera.” The garlanded nymph on the right, her left breast exposed, flowers streaming from her mouth as the pale Zephyrus reached out for her from the forest.

Chapter 19, page 138

Judith and Holoferness - DonatelloDr Fell stood very still beside the great bronze statue of Judith and Holoferness, giving his back to the speaker and the crowd... slender and still beside Donatello’s bronze figures.

Chapter 19, pages 142-143

St. John the Evangelist - Luca Della Robbia“You resemble a figure from the Della Robbia rondels in your family’s chapel in Santa Croce.”

“Ah, that was Andrea de’Pazzi depicted as John the Baptist,” Pazzi said, a small slick of pleasure on his acid heart.

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Chapter 48, Page 286

Norman Chapel in PalermoThe 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.

Chapter 48, Page 287

Riace Bronzes... he stops at the foot of a great staircase where the Riace bronzes stand. These great bronze warriors attributed to Phidias, raised from the seafloor in our own time, are the centerpiece of a frescoed space that could unspool all of Homer and Sophocles. 

Chapter 49, Page 295

Wound Man - Johannes Wechtlin - The Fieldbook of Wound Surgery - 1517The body was hanging on a pegboard and bore all the wounds of the medieval Wound Man illustrations.

Chapter 54, Pages 324

The Patience - Balthazar Klossowski de Rola - Known as BalthusWith his domestic arrangements well in hand, he treated himself to a week of music and museums in New York, and sent catalogs of the most interesting art shows to his cousin, the great painter Balthus, in France.



Chapter 54, Pages 325-326

Smithsonian’s 1745 Dulkin HarpsichordAt Sotheby’s in New York , he purchased two excellent musical instruments, rare finds both of them. The first was a late eighteenth-century Flemish harpsichord nearly identical to the Smithsonian’s 1745 Dulkin, with an upper manual to accommodate Bach...” 

Chapter 82, Page 455

venus.jpg (183146 bytes)Dr. Lecter adjusted the shades in his memory palace to relieve the terrible glare. Ahhhhh. He leaned his face against the cool marble flank of Venus.

Chapter 97, page 515

Leda and the Swan - Anne ShingletonHis absentee landlord apparently had a fixation on Leda and the Swan. The interspecies coupling was represented in no less than four bronzes of varying quality, the best a reproduction of Donatello, and eight paintings. One painting in particular delighted Dr. Lecter, and Ann Shingleton with its genius anatomical articulation and some real heat in the fucking. The others he draped. The landlord’s ghastly collection of hunting bronzes was draped as well.

Silence of the Lambs

Chapter 1, Page 6

Pablo Picasso - Embrace - Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec - 1971“... Will’s face looks like damn Picasso drew him, thanks to Lecter.”



Chapter 3, Page16

Duccio di Boninsegna - Crucifixion - Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena “... Are you entirely innocent of the Gospel of St. John? Look at Duccio, then - he paints accurate crucifixions.”

Chapter 7, Page 38  

Through the Looking Glass - Illustration by Sir John TennielSometimes Crawford’s tone reminded Starling of the know-it-all caterpillar in Lewis Carroll.

Chapter 21, Page 126

Franklin Mint LocomotiveDr. Chilton finished examining his collection of Franklin Mint locomotives and turned to her.

Chapter 22, Page 136  

The Flaying of Marsyas - TitianWhen you’re back in Washington, go to the National Gallery and look at Titian’s Flaying of Marsyas before they send it back to Czechoslovakia. Wonderful for details, Titian – look at helpful Pan, bringing the bucket of water. 

Chapter 32, Page 184

Gericault - The Raft of the Medusa - Musee du Louvre, ParisDr. Lecter simply went away. He thought about something else – Gericault’s anatomical studies for the Raft of the Medusa – and if he heard the questions that followed, he didn’t show it. 

Red Dragon

Chapter 6, Pages 70-71

Wound Man - Johannes Wechtlin - The Fieldbook of Wound Surgery - 1517"We were talking and he was making this polite effort to help me and I looked up at some very old medical books on the shelf above his head. And I knew it was him... I think it was maybe a week later in the hospital I finally figured it out. It was Wound Man -- an illustration they used in alot of the early medical books like the ones Lecter had. It shows different kinds of battle injuries, all in one figure. I had seen it in a survey course a pathologist was teaching at GWU. The sixth victim's position and his injuries were a close match to Wound Man."

Chapter 9, Page 94

The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun - William BlakeHe swiveled the metal shade of his reading lamp to light a print on the wall at the foot of the bed. It was William Blake's The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun.

The picture had stunned him the first time he saw it. Never before had he seen anything that approached his graphic thought. He felt that Blake must have peeked in his ear and seen the Red Dragon.


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