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Stendhal's Syndrome

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Precious Artis

on 8 October 2014

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Stendhal's Syndrome
By: Precious Artis

What is it?
Stendhals's Syndrome is a illness caused by too much art. The painting is either very beautiful or there is a large amount in one single place.
This syndrome is named after Henri-Marie Beyle who describes his experience with the phenomenon during his 1817 visit to Florence, Italy in his book Naples and Florence: A Journey from Milan to Reggio.
Symptoms
rapid heartbeats
dizziness
fainting
confusion
hallucinations (extreme)
temporary "madness"
Causes
Stendhal's Syndrome is mainly caused by beautiful artwork or natural beauty in general.
Who is affected?
Tourists are mainly affected by the syndrome because it is the beauty they have never seen before, causing the paintings to be too much on them. They mainly experience Stendhal's while visiting the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.
Citation
http://www.princeton.edu
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
How can it be treated?
Stendhal's Syndrome doesn't need any medical attention.
U.S. Statistics
Many Americans who visited different art museums in Italy seemed to come down with this syndrome.
Myth or nah?
Stendhal's syndrome is an actual illness many people (tourists in general) come across.
How do you prevent it?
To prevent Stendhal's syndrome i recommend not visiting so many sites in one day. Pace your self so you don't become overwhelmed with so much beauty .
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