Abstract…beauty…art…brush strokes…What are you thinking of? If you answered painting, you are correct. But I’m not talking about just any piece of art as this post will be about the haunting Crying Boy painting.
What is the Crying Boy painting?
The Crying Boy is now a mass produced print of the original art by Giovanni Bragolin, an Italian painter. While there are numerous versions of this painting, we’re going to focus on one…
This painting is most famously known, not by the beauty of the art itself, but by the curse it is said to carry. September 5th of 1985, a British tabloid newspaper known as the Sun once stated that a firefighter claimed to have found numerous copies of the painting-unharmed-were continuously found within the ruins of burned houses. It became so wide-spread that by the end of November, the Sun were orchestrating mass bonfires, submitted by readers.
British writer and comedian, Steve Punt investigated this ‘curse’ rumor in a BBC Radio 4 production that was called Punt PI (a British comedic, yet factual radio series where Steve investigates mysteries around Britain). The end result of the investigation stated that the prints contained fire-retardant varnish and that the string holding the painting would become damaged and deteriorated, resulting in the painting landing face-down on the floor, apparently remaining protected. Although, there was no mention as to why no other paintings turned up unharmed…
On an episode of Zak Bagan’s series (formerly known as) Deadly Possessions, a lady/former owner of the Crying Boy painting brought the item in for Zak to examine. She claimed that because of that painting, her home caught fire, not once but twice, as that has been the main report of what the painting can do.
Today, seemingly anyone who owns the painting, their house catches fire mysteriously…
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