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madness maketh man - Richard Dadd (1817 - 1886) - Threshold
...she walked in through the out door.
madness maketh man - Richard Dadd (1817 - 1886)
He was an artist before he became a madman. 

Richard Dadd - Crazy Jane

A gifted young talent, member of the Royal Academy at the age of 20, winner of prizes for his draughtsmanship, with a formidable order book, known for his gentle manners.

During a Grand Tour to Europe and the Middle East the voices began to speak out in his head, and he underwent a dramatical change of personality with disturbing violent outbursts. After his return to London he murdered his father by command of the voices, fled to the continent, attempted to cut the throat of a fellow traveler and was finally arrested in Paris. In his flat in London many drawings where found, sketches of his friends with slashed throats.

He spent the rest of his life in madhouses. Most of his work emerged from this part of his life.

Richard Dadd - The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke

But he was an artist before he became a madman.
Or was he mad his entire life? And how 'mad' was his art?


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From: amorphismen.wordpress.com Date: November 8th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

is Hamlet mad

or does he simulate madness?
The never solvable question, which was so extensively studied by K.R.Eissler in "Discourse on Hamlet and Hamlet"

Not until something goes extremely wrong
we remember that mind is - at least - carried by a piece of complex matter.

Matter seems to be able destroying mind. But can matter fail?

In mind we have exact criteria (since Aristotle) for what is wrong and what is contadictory . Wíthin matter there is nothing wrong or contradictory.
dalaruan From: dalaruan Date: November 9th, 2010 09:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: is Hamlet mad

Hamlet performs his madness, but Ophelia is mad. Sometimes the make-believe changes to certainty, to fact. And the liar can't distinguish false from truth. Dadd thought Osiris commanded him to kill. But he was also Osiris. Nothing that is so is so.
From: amorphismen.wordpress.com Date: November 9th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: is Hamlet mad

May it be only the liar, who can't distinguish false from truth?

"Our wills and fates do so contrary run
That our devices still are overthrown;
Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own."
[Hamlet III.2]
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