Stendhal syndrome

Posted in caught by juliobesq on June 24, 2011

Stendhal by Johan Olaf Sodermark 1840, Musée National du Château de Versailles

Clayton Cubbit’s Constant siege alerted me to the Stendhal syndrome.

Wikipedia defines it as thus:

Stendhal syndrome, Stendhal’s syndrome, hyperkulturemia, or Florence syndrome is a psychosomatic illness that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art, usually when the art is particularly beautiful or a large amount of art is in a single place.

It seems Stendhal was obsessive about art as well as love.

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