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Hannibal contains some of the most elaborate and beautiful pieces of art currently found on TV. The series' signature "murder art"—as we here at TV.com have taken to calling it—is perverse, filled with demented visuals that are highly stylized down to the smallest of details. They're as disturbing and disgusting as they are creative and compelling. In fact, we love them so much that we named them one of the top 100 things about television in 2013

Season 2 has continued to add to Hannibal's legacy as one of the most beautifully filmed series on the air. The show's use of bold colors (and sometimes a lack thereof), angular lines, and symmetry wonderfully enhances its storylines, allowing us to see the Hannibal universe—not to mention the human body—in ways we never imagined we would. But perhaps this shouldn't be all that surprising, given that Hannibal is the work of Bryan Fuller, who also created the way more whimsical, but no less visually enticing world of Pushing Daisies

During the recent Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, Fuller spoke a bit about the elaborate scenes the series has become known for. "Part of it is stylizing the violence so it's heightened and not real," he said. "What we do on the show is sort of purple and operatic because, if it were real, I couldn't watch it. I couldn't work on it. So we are borderline fantasy with what we do on the show."

In honor of Hannibal's beauty, we've decided to revisit the series graphically striking—and horrifyingly brutal—works of art from the beginning. So, without further ado, let's look at a bunch of naked, bloody butts and call it art! Peruse the gallery below for a refresher on just how grossly beautiful Hannibal can be, and then feel free to add to our list of "Serial Killer Superlatives" in the comments. 

Most Beautiful: "Apéritif"


Most Organic: "Amuse-Bouche"


Most Awkward Dinner Party: "Oeuf"


Most Original: "Coquilles"


Best Improvisation of a Murder Weapon: "Entree"


Most Disturbing: "Fromage"


Most "Damn, That Looks Exhausting, I Think I'll Take a Nap": "Trou Normand"


Best Impersonation of a Corpse: "Buffet Froid"


Best Miley Cyrus: "Rôti"

Most Labor Intensive: "Sakizuki"



Most Heartbreaking: "Mukozuke"



Best Use of Lighting: "Savoureux"


That last one isn't a corpse, but ohmygod.


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AIRED ON 8/29/2015

Season 3 : Episode 13

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truly agree that #Hannibal is wickedly awesome, just like its predecessor #PushingDaisies
the artwork is what kept me from thinking "Oh my God, those bodies used to be somebody loved one"
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I'm honestly gonna miss Beverly. She was multi-layered as a character & had many dimensions
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Okay...you miss a character in a relatively minor part, who, while heroic, did not have anything particularly involving her storyline. Um, confused? LOTS of characters on Hannibal, but you're entire focus was Beverly?
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My entire focus was, she was sliced up & put on display...hence the layers & dimensions I mentioned in my original comment.

It was pretty funny, but I guess you just had to be there.
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I cringe everytime I see the human chello, but in a good way. I love how the show uses the antlers and the antler man as a metaphor for Will's mind, this is psychological thriller at its best.
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The show is so morbid and so beautiful. I always enjoyed the stories of Harris but I truly feel they've been made alive first time on TV just now. Hannibal the series is even better than Silence of the Lambs.

In addition to the great visuals and atmosphere, the cast is incredibly talented and compelling. Both Hannibal and Will are very intelligent and sexy men. And the pacing is great, this is how a psychological thriller progresses: slowly and savouring everything. Every piece of the show is art, even (or perhaps especially) the cooking scenes.
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All morbidly gorgeous. Clearly we can all agree that the worst was Freddie's hat when she testified.

My favorite probably was the eye.
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Best use of red that's not blood.
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So simple, so beautiful, so disturbing...
(I know it´s not cinematography, but for me it´s so good...)
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Normally you get 2 maybe three of these an episode, seeing them all at once is making me question why I find this show so appealing. :) This is some really morbid though beautiful stuff.

José Andrés and Matthew Davies should get all of the awards.
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I present you, my Phone Lock Screen!
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Thank you!!! That's awesome... and now my lock screen too! :)

Where'd you get that? Got any others to share too? (Pretty please!!!)


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My recommendation is to use it like this so the letters wont bother you.
:) Enjoy it.

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This show is great at providing visual impact, this is both artistic and discusting all in one.
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I totally agree with most disturbing I still cringe when I remember the scene
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Man I heart this show so freaking much. I have always been pretty morbid so seeing dead bodies has never bothered me but man these guys make it so fun with how artistic it all is.
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this show stands against all I have been saying and doing about similar shows.. I cannot watch a horror movie, I could not even watch the actual movies of Hannibal Lecter.. damn, I can barely watch people fighting:) I watch police procedurals, mostly beacuse you very rarely see the action and generally hear people talk about it.. I always hated movies of "torture/violance porn", despised all directors who aestethized and therefore normalized gruesome violence on screens of any sorts.. yet, here I am watching this artsy masterpiece, between the fingers covering my eyes, admiring it, being quite frightened and tense yet also amused and surprised by the stories it provides.. I cannot help but be amazed by every single detail this show brings to the viewer's eyes.. the cinematography, the lighting, every single thing is so good, actually too good for TV.. and I cannot decide if it is extremely creepy or delightful that a naive, sweet show like Pushing Daises and this Hannibal thing is the product of exactly the same person's mind..
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Pardon, but are you me? I've spent 40+ years avoiding horror movies and watching violent ones with my hands over my eyes, yet somehow I watch Hannibal without a cringe nor a hand near the face prepared for action. (Except Georgia Madchen; I have serious issues with burned bodies.) I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but it's definitely a thing.
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It would be cool if there were some art galleries exhibits based on this series. If there were, I would be there in a flash.
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that's fucking disgusting
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That's an opinion. Must not be big news viewers, then?
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Kaitlin, I love the gallery. Needed more Hannibalstag, though!


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My favourite.
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omg this is amazingly terrifying, i love it! it is framed so perfectly well and that shadow line of demarcation between ignorance and horror.... I am full on creeped out.
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I tried so hard to get a good shot, but they were always SO dark and I didn't want to mess with any of the images in Photoshop for obvious reasons.
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The human chello in Fromage was my favorite of the year & deserves an action shot :)


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I've only ever been really disgusted by TV twice (barring Honey Boo Boo), once was that human cello scene and the other was a guys eye popping out of his head on an episode of House. The more I watch Hannibal the more I expect a third scene to be added to that list.
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'scuse me nitpicking, but cello doesn't have an 'h' in it.
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Yes I know. I'm just not anal enough enough with such a minor mistake to make a whole other post just to let everyone know I know. Yknow?
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Yeah, I know, but I get paid to see those things and alert the boss. It's hard to turn it off.
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Eh, the physics of this one weren't realistic and I couldn't get past it.
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Oh man, now I'm going to throw up.
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It is mine as well.
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What is interesting here is that we consider these images as art because they are images seen through a tv screen and not because they represent dead people. The creators of the show play with the light, the colors of the scene, the placement of the bodies.
They make possible what in reality would be atrocious : depict murder victims as pieçe of art. Magnificent.
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It is magnificent. I agree.
Art can be both of something good and of something evil. Art is emotion, feeling.
Many people have asked me, when I tell them about Hannibal, how I can watch such gruesome murders.
I think it's better to watch this than the mindless pile of dead bodies on Castle or CSIs and NCISes. In Hannibal I feel disgust, I'm appalled, it sickens me when I think of how a person could do this. And that's healthy! That's the way I'm supposed to feel. I should feel that and I should think about it, reflect.
Meanwhile everybody's watching yet another case of murder on CSI where the main fact, the fact that someone's life was taken away is barely touched upon, if at all. The value of life is diminished to the point that Castle and Becket rejoice when they get a new case (because someone was murdered) that they don't have to look at wedding venues anymore...
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The...delight of Hannibal is that very often we don't see the gruesome murders. We see the end results, which feel more grotesque than gruesome (though I may be splitting connotative hairs).

And to graindesable's point (and Kaitlin's final image selection): Lighting is key on the show (and a reason I hate-hate-hate NBC's promo images for the show). Because some of these bodies would've been right at home on Pushing Daisies and yet the difference in lighting is often the only thing that changes things from whimsical pop art to baroque horror.
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Now I'm just re-imagining all of the Pushing Daisies deaths as Hannibal deaths and vice versa.
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Now that you mention it, I'd get a huge kick out of Fuller bringing in Lee Pace for an ep as Ned, the Pie Hole re-killer
XD
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Super-fun, right?! I mean, except for the clown car death, it all sort of entirely works.
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The corpses of this show really are a pleasure to see.
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I always thought the second angel scene was the most artful of crimes and shots. The one hanging in the alleyway, where Will is standing directly beneath it with a sort of halo as Jack walks away. I wish I could have found a picture.
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Here ya go :)

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Aw yes! That's the one. I watched the series over again this past week and still found it to be a wonderful shot. I kind of wanted it as a screensaver or some kind, but was informed that that would be too creepy.
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That would be a freaking awesome screensaver. :)
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Well call me creepy then. I actually did have that shot (or at least the shot @thekaitling posted below as my screensaver for several months last year. I guess I just like making people uncomfortable.
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It's in the gallery! Although, It looks like I chose the one that didn't feature Will looking up.


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Hmm. I must have overlooked it. My bad.
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What, no pictures of the guy's testicles?
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heh! They probably dropped : /
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They don't, though! I think Brian holds them up in that scene.
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My bottle of Chianti is ready for 10PM.
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Also liver.
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I sometimes wonder how is this show on network. Sure, it's at 10:00 pm but it is a very graphic show. I would have tought that the FCC and PTC would be more outspoken about it. Maybe it says a lot that Americans, when deciding what's good and bad for their homes, don't care as much about violence as they do for sex.
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It is precisely that: Violence is significantly more tolerable than sex, and it always has been. The PTC has less of a leg to stand on since the 10:00 slot has been home to all sorts of more mature dramas for decades now. If Hannibal aired at 8pm then, yes, the PTC would go nuts.

As for the FCC, well...they'd have a hard time saying Hannibal is obscene or indecent, even if someone else brought the claim against the show. The three-pronged test the FCC describes on its own website would allow Hannibal a pass, particular the third prong because all the producers or studio would have to do is point to critical discourse around that the show and "artistic" is friggin' everywhere. Plus, this:

"Indecent or profane speech that is broadcast between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. is not actionable [for a complaint]. " So have fun because the show will be argued as "speech." :)

More importantly, however, is that NBC is concerned about advertisers, not the FCC. If advertisers objected, then they'd get antsy, but the fact is that unless people complain to the FCC, or the show does something in a less acceptable timeslot, FCC isn't going to get involved.
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I think I choose the human totem pole, I don't know why I think I liked how much of a really law and order case that was but it is frequently the one I think of and shiver (versus the deer head of just knowing who did that one).
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