We were looking at this painting in my Art History class last Friday morning. It is Bacchus by Caravaggio, and it now hangs in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. My professor, the amazing and very intelligent Dan Hofstadter, likes to go on little tangents now and then. In seeing this painting he says “You know this is one of those paintings that gives people Stendhal Syndrome. They go to the Uffizi and become overwhelmed by all the beauty and they fall over and faint and wind up in the neurological or psychiatric ward from all the splendor they’ve seen.”
We all cracked up but out of curiosity I googled “Stendhal Syndrome.”
Read it and weep, guys. It’s real.
-India K, ‘12