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Elementary Finale Spoilers:
I’m in love with the idea of Irene being an Art Conservator/Restorer. Just wow. Her speciality is supposed to be Renaissance paintings, and this likely means if she’s as excellent at her career as she’s purported to be, that Irene is extremely talented. Being a restorer and a conservator are sort of two different, but related things. Conserving is about maintaining what already exists, restoring is about taking the necessary steps to bring something back to its full potential.
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That said, part of me still wishes…
given that her speciality is the Renaissance it’s more than likely she’s extremely well versed in geometry and perspective, and could very well be a modern day Leonardo da Vinci type! She does use a lot of math, but all that’s inferable is the Chemistry/Biology maths and Geometry/Perspective work.
I mean the level of Art she is doing, the time period she is working in, it requires an intense amount of calculation and spatial understanding. She’s not just slapping colors onto things, she has to understand not only how those colors are chemically made but distance, shape, volume, perspective, and so on. Given that the Renaissance, especially the Italian Renaissance works were about humanism, understanding, philosophy, and mathematical perfection in art the woman probably knows a lot.
Like, idk I’m sure the writers could have been equally vague about a mathematician but the beauty of what Irene is a specialist in is that they chose something that exercises a wide variety of faculties while still remaining an elite “art” like canon!Irene.
SORRY but lol i am just inclined to disagree bc I am an art historian. Like I would LOVE for her to be a literalist Renaissance woman who can also do math and engineering and whatever else, but of the two options I think straight up Mathematician makes less sense?
To me, there’s the beauty of a female artist being a “muse” quite literally and then using that power against Sherlock so utterly and completely, and then the fact that she IS in a traditionally male dominated field that is given feminine attributes (“fine arts”) and is still excelling even in just that one thing. Like yes, women are not typically shown in the STEM fields (my grandmother is a mathematician so I really get that) but the Fine Arts, especially Studio Art, especially “The Great Masters” is pretty much completely men with a few female standouts and it’s uh, really obvious when you run into diatribe after diatribe of male artists, academics, and so one explaining why women aren’t as good or are literally incapable of being as good at Art as men (and famous male artists do this shit today too) and nothing but barrages of objectified female nudes and “beauties” that the field is run almost solely by men.
So when Irene was like “As if men had a monopoly on murder,” I was like ♥__♥ bc a woman!!! who exists in a male space that normally views her only as an object!!!! literally a female artist who was a muse but also was The Artist on her own and was taking these men’s works and repairing them or fixing them or outright stealing them and replacing them with a woman’s work! And no one noticed the difference except Sherlock when he saw them on her walls! As if men had a monopoly on Art!!!
people keep talking about how she turned the manic pixie dream girl trope on its head but by being an artist and a restorer she literally took “muse” and like obliterated it it was beautiful
I realize there’s rampant sexism and misogyny in STEM too but art history and art sort of puts the object in objectification so
i hope we get what we both want and irene/moriarty is like a modern day leonardo da vinci
“It’s like, to me, acting is like a child walking in the park, the better the actor, the greater the playground he has.”
idk maybe it’s also my rice cooker. WHO KNOWS. i just. want rice. good rice.
nah it was a case of my dad not putting in enough water
but ugh man those are the rice cookers you need to disown
could you imagine spock prime’s reaction when he finds out khan is somehow white. ‘oh my god. what did i even do’
In all seriousness Idris Elba as the 12th Doctor would be a great casting choice because he’d kill it and we’d get to find out just exactly how many anglophiles are also gigantic racists
okay, so this whole “i should really write my paper” *opens books* *closes books* thing is not really working out
“For as long as HANNIBAL runs, and until Hannibal eats me, I will continue to do a few episodes a year. I think it’s darker than even I can stomach, but it has its audience and it is so beautifully shot and the performances from Mads and Hugh and the whole team are just phenomenal and I am so happy they are getting the attention they deserve. Mads is SUCH a talented actor - it’s almost like he wears his emotions on his sleeve, but not all the time - when he decides that he needs to, he has such access to his emotional life and it is just really incredible. He can do everything with just his eyes.”
“For Dr. Bedelia…it just occurred to me in my mind as I was reading the script and contemplating just the type of woman that needed to be sitting across from this particular man, that there was one way to play it. And that one way only. And that’s what I hope that I’ve done. I’ve never put it into words why - it’s just it’s Hannibal Lecter, for crying out loud, and that’s all I can say really.”
→ The Hannibal-related bits from Gillian Anderson’s AMA on Reddit today.