Friday, April 12, 2019

Fact of the Day: Stendhal Syndrome

Stendhal Syndrome is an unofficial "illness" where a person has a severe reaction to a work of art, to where they can have a rapid beat or even faint due to it. It was coined in favor of the French writer Stendhal, whom had quite a response to the art he saw in Florence. 

13 comments:

Margaret-whiteangel said...

Really, something I have now learnt.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I’ve never heard of that!

RO said...

My goodness, never heard of that, and wouldn't know what to do if that happened to someone who's with me at an art gallery! Hugs..RO

Emmylou said...

Is it for all works of arts, or just some works of art? That's so interesting!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I've never heard of this before!

Al Penwasser said...

Good golly, imagine the reactions to something like, "Dogs Playing Poker"!

Christine said...

wow interesting.

Sharon said...

If this happened to someone who's with me at a museum, I would probably just be super confused

Huggybear said...

Watch the movie "The Night of the Generals" - great actors but a bit over the top in historical facts.
Peter O'Toole plays the real Nazi "deranged" General Tanz who for quicker promotion and better armaments moves from the Wehrmacht to the Waffin SS,
he is taken to Goering's looted masterpieces in Paris and has one of these
seizures/fits when looking at a Van Gogh self portrait.
Actually the best part of the movie.
I had no idea what this was called medically. Thanks for the lesson, Adam and Wikipedia.
Colin
PS: Do you think Turnip Top has these seizures etc when he is confronted with facts?????????

Martha said...

Wow! I've never heard of that before. Interesting.

Fundy Blue said...

What an interesting fact, Adam! Terry and I visited Florence last fall. I didn't get to the Basilica of Santa Croce where Marie-Henri Beyle was overcome with emotion and for whom Stendhal Syndrome was named. I didn't get to see Michelangelo's David or the Uffizi Gallery either. We just had a little time there. I will say that when I walked around a corner and saw the glorious Duomo, I thought it was the most beautiful building I had ever see, and my breath was taken away. If I ever go back to Florence, I will go to the Basilica of Santa Croce, because that is where Michelangelo and Galileo Galilei are buried, both of whom are heroes of mine. I very well may faint from joy ~ LOL! By the way, I am determined to get back to Florence!!!!!

Sami said...

I'd never heard of that, but it's certainly an interesting reaction.

Huggybear said...

The whole of Tuscany is magnificent - I have very fond memories of my stay in Florence where I did every conceivable tour, gallery and cathedral. I was exhausted but the memories stay.
Hope you get back soon.
Cheers
Colin