Michelangelo's David, regarded as the world's most beautiful statue, can trigger mental imbalances in overly sensitive and cultivated onlookers, says a top psychiatrist in Florence.
Dr Graziella Magherini reported the preliminary findings of a year-long study at a symposium at the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence, where the naked marble man attracts 1.2 million visitors a year.
She says David can have a particular emotional impact on a certain kind of visitor.
"I've called it the David Syndrome. It causes mind-bending symptoms and affects mostly those travelling on their own or in couples," says Magherini, who is president of Italy's Art and Psychology Association...
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