Stendhal syndrome or Stendhal's 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 otherr circumstances, e.g. when confronted
with immense beauty in the natural world.
Interesting thing, I have had it a few times.
There was a room full of Monet's at the National Gallery in Washington
that upon entering I had to just sit down as I felt physically
overwhelmed by their beauty.
It's different than Maslow's 'Oceanic' as it is more physical.
Any other's out there who have had Stendhal's syndrome?