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Posted by abeodbart July 31, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Stendhal syndrome, Stendhal’s syndrome, Hyperkulturemia, or Florence syndrome, is a psychosomatic illness that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness,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. The term can also be used to describe a similar reaction to a surfeit of choice in other circumstances, e.g. when confronted with immense beauty in the natural world.

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July 31, 2009 at 5:44 pm
John says:

I thought that was Braggitis!

July 31, 2009 at 5:57 pm
tash says:

tut tut derren. Now i realise why i have been suffering such symptoms – the launch of the beautiful art site.

July 31, 2009 at 5:59 pm
flapjack says:

In my art college it was usually brought on by recreational drugs.
The students probably could’ve saved themselves some cash by using placebos around the exhibition space, but maybe the art on show wasn’t quite up to doing the job on it’s own.

July 31, 2009 at 6:14 pm
gary says:

I’m glad excessive diarrhea isn’t on the list.

July 31, 2009 at 7:00 pm
Ms G says:

Florence huh? Maybe Derren will have a similar thing in Venice!

I thought those were a bit over the top … those ladies from way back wh fainted due to many causes … Oooh … hand to the forehead and then they sank gracefully on the floor …

I’d say this thing does not only occur when in the presence of great beauty but due to many things … a bit a weird syndrome … I’d say … and if you read where the name comes from …. crap!

July 31, 2009 at 10:42 pm
Neda says:

I’m from Florence and yes, I knew about the syndrome!
Also Dario Argento, Italian most famous horror films director, did a film about it, LA SINDROME DI STENDHAL, The Stendhal Syndrome.

August 1, 2009 at 1:17 am
ReliegiousMarie says:

Well isn´t there a name for everything…reminds me of ´´there´s something for everyone´´ or ´´there is an equation for every situation´´…dadada

December 2, 2010 at 6:51 pm
spiderabc1 says:

Is this going to happen with Derrens second Portraits book?

November 10, 2011 at 11:58 am
spiderabc1 says:

Or the US tour?


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