A painting called “The Crying Boy” is an allegedly cursed painting by the Italian artist Bruno Amadio. His artistic alias which Amadio is more famous for is Giovanni Bragolin. His painting was produced and distributed in large quantities back in the 1950s. There are also a variety of other copies that portray either a tearful boy or a girl.
The story about the curse the painting carried first broke in September 1985. This was when the British newspaper “The Sun” first reported a story in which a firefighter claimed that completely intact copies of “The Crying Boy” were found among the rubble of burned down homes. The very same firefighter also stated that none of his colleagues would allow such a painting to be hung in their homes. All of them believed it was cursed and somehow caused the devastating fires in which a lot of citizens perished.
After the news broke it caused mass hysteria in the UK. Hundreds of concerned citizens began sending their copies of either the crying boy or girl to the headquarters of “The Sun” newspaper. In order to dispose of the pile of paintings, “The Sun” had to organize huge bonfires in which the artworks were burnt.