Stendhal syndrome

(redirected from Florence Syndrome)
A psychosomatic response—tachycardia, vertigo, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations—when the ‘victim’ is exposed to particularly beautiful, or large amounts of, art in a single place—e.g., Florence (Italy), which has a high concentration of classic works; the response can also occur when a person is overwhelmed by breathtaking natural beauty

Stendhal syndrome

(sten-dal') [Pen name of Marie-Henri Beyle, Fr. writer, 1783–1842]
Panic attacks that occur after viewing great works of art, esp. while traveling.
Synonym: Florence syndrome; hyperkulturemia; tourist syndrome
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Graziella Magherini, describes this condition as the 'Florence Syndrome' -- a temporary state which causes nausea, confusion, panic attacks, and even hallucinations which as a result of by being surrounded by great works of art, not limited to paintings but includes sculptures, instillations, photography and architecture.
While researchers and psychiatrists debate the existence of such a condition, the staff at hospitals in Florence report that they occasionally admit tourists who suffer from Florence Syndrome, especially after viewing the statue of David.
THEY don't call it the ' Florence Syndrome' for no reason.