Tuesday, February 9, 2010

courtesy EMIL CENZATO from Flickr.

Stendhal syndrome: 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.

"I was in a sort of ecstasy, from the idea of being in Florence, close to the great men whose tombs I had seen. Absorbed in the contemplation of sublime beauty ... I reached the point where one encounters celestial sensations ... Everything spoke so vividly to my soul. Ah, if I could only forget. I had palpitations of the heart, what in Berlin they call 'nerves.' Life was drained from me. I walked with the fear of falling." -Stendhal on being in Florence and visiting Santa Croce 

1 comment:

Esshaych said...

Interesting - I've never heard of that before! Loving the photo...