Henri Neuendorf: Artnet

An Italian man broke down and suffered a heart attack after gazing at Botticelli’s Venus (ca. 1485) at the Uffizi Galleries in Florence over the weekend. The unnamed man was treated by a group of four visiting doctors with a defibrillator and was rushed to a hospital where he is currently recovering.

There has been some speculation that the tourist was taken ill by a mysterious affliction known as Stendhal syndrome, a disorder causing individuals to feel overwhelmed when looking at great works of art. ...Read More

Pictured: Botticelli The Birth of Venus (ca 1480). Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images.

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