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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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Artistic Syndromes

TRAVELER’S WARNING: AVOID FLORENCE

 

“This painting is so beautiful that it’s making me dizzy.” “This sculpture is so touching—I think I may be sick.” “The art in here is so incredible...I just want to destroy it.” If any of these sound familiar, you may have one of two art-related syndromes.

 

Stendhal syndrome refers to dizziness, queasiness, or hallucinations brought on by exposure to great works of art. The term was initially coined by Dr. Graziella Magherini, an Italian psychiatrist who noticed that tourists were often affected by the great works of art in Florence, Italy.

 

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