2018
DOI: 10.1590/0004-282x20170189
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Abstract: It could be argued that one of the few unifying qualities all human beings share is the ability to appreciate beauty. While the object of beauty may change from one person to another, the awe and the thrill experienced by an enthralled beholder remains the same. Sometimes, this experience can be so overwhelming it can bring someone to the edge of existence. A very rare condition, known as aesthetic syndrome and, more commonly, Stendhal syndrome, entails a clinical phenomenon in which the presence of a beautifu… Show more

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“…The results reinforce the significance of knowledge in perceiving artwork, the expectations of the viewers, and their cultural capital and aesthetic experience. These factors can have a subtle impact on the perception of an artwork, but they can also take an extreme form, such as in the case of Stendhal syndrome, a clinical phenomenon in which the presence of an antique artwork or architecture causes symptoms such as chest pains, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, and even hallucinations (Nicholson, Pariante, and McLoughlin 2009; Palacios-Sánchez et al 2018 [27,28]). In this research by Nicholson et al, information about a disorder of the artist, because of the socio-cultural context, had a relevant impact on the emotional reactions of research participants.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…The results reinforce the significance of knowledge in perceiving artwork, the expectations of the viewers, and their cultural capital and aesthetic experience. These factors can have a subtle impact on the perception of an artwork, but they can also take an extreme form, such as in the case of Stendhal syndrome, a clinical phenomenon in which the presence of an antique artwork or architecture causes symptoms such as chest pains, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, and even hallucinations (Nicholson, Pariante, and McLoughlin 2009; Palacios-Sánchez et al 2018 [27,28]). In this research by Nicholson et al, information about a disorder of the artist, because of the socio-cultural context, had a relevant impact on the emotional reactions of research participants.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…The symptoms of this syndrome are temporary dissociation and disorientation. 45 The Paris syndrome affects mood. It is best characterized as a serious disenchantment that springs from the contrast between the unrealistic expectations and anticipations that precede a trip to an idealized destination and its less-than-perfect reality.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Stendhal (Figure 3), pseudonym of Marie-Henri Beyle, was one of the most original and complex French writers of the 19 th century, chiefly known for his works of fiction 12 . Stendhal was born in Grenoble in 1783 and died of a stroke that was preceded several months before by transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), manifested as impaired speech.…”
Section: Stendhal (1783-1842)mentioning
confidence: 99%