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Reply To: In the Stillness of Love’s Madness, with Mythologist Norland Têllez


Hi Stephen,

Such a pleasure to begin to engage with you and our wider circle of readers. This is of course a topic that not only drew me to Campbell but which has remained central for me in my own career in mythological studies given my background in art and animation.

Notwithstanding the stereotype of the “tortured artist,” I would like to cite one of the greatest artist in the history of the West, one whose unparalleled figurative art was and remains central to my own artistic endeavors, Michelangelo Buonarroti, whose poem “The Artist” fleshes out the appropriateness of the notion of death drive to describe the transcending movement of Art:


Nothing the greatest artist can con-

That every marble block doth not

Within itself; and only its design
The hand that follows intellect can

The ill I flee, the good that I believe,

In thee, fair lady, lofty and divine
Thus hidden lie; and so that death

be mine

Art, of desired success, doth me be-


Love is not guilty, then, nor thy fair

Nor fortune, cruelty, nor great dis-

Of my disgrace, nor chance nor des-


If in thy heart both death and love find


At the same time. And if my humble


Burning, can nothing draw but death

from thee.