The Skull on “The Silence of the Lambs” Movie Poster Is Actually Made of Naked Women – Salvador Dali’s “In Voluptas Mors”
Fun fact about the movie poster for the 1991 movie The Silence of the Lambs: the skull on the backside of the moth covering Jodie Foster‘s mouth is actually a photo of naked women from 1951, “In Voluptas Mors.” It was conceived of by Salvador Dali and was shot by Philippe Halsman.
Second fun fact: the moth it depicts is real. The death’s-head hawkmoth is a real moth found primarily in Europe, and it appears to have a human skull on its back.
Check out the photos below, including the actual Dali artwork, and a photo of the real death’s-head hawkmoth: