Fainting at Paintings

The hidden dangers of Florence’s masterpieces.

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Image from Briam Cute: Pixabay
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Florence’s Basilica di Santa Croce Image: kirkandmimi: Pixabay
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Stendhal was just overcome by art not absinthe. Image: Pixabay

Art Meets Psychology

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Florence, where “encounters with the great masterpieces” are everywhere. Image from Walkerssk: Pixabay

Stendhal Syndrome defined

The reaction is not caused by any specific painting, statue or artist

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Episodes of Stendhal Syndrome can last from a few hours to a few days. Image: Pixabay
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Copy of Michelangelo’s statue of David in Piazza delle Signoria, Florence. Image: Pixabay
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Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” proved too much for one tourist. Image WikiImages: Pixabay
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Caravaggio’s Medusa on a Florence postbox, a comment on the Italian postal service! Image: Fiona Cameron Lister.

Modern pilgrimage

Sister cities

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Jerusalem also has its own syndrome. Image by Walkerssk: Pixabay

Rather than being bamboozled by beauty, the tourists are dizzy with disappointment.

Art and the brain

Maybe sufferers of Florence syndrome have some kind of neurological overload brought on by sudden and concentrated exposure to art

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Key areas of the brain conected with perceptions of beauty light up when confronted with art. Image: Pixabay

Degrees of sensitivity

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Close up of “Madonna and Child with the Infant St John”. Spot the UFO. Image: Fiona Cameron Lister

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British Writer, Editor in Tuscany, Italy. Topics: Nature, Ancient History, Spirituality. https://www.twinclianpress.com twitter: @writerinitaly

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