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The Crying Boy is "a mass-produced print of a painting by Spanish painter Bruno Amadio, also known as Giovanni Bragolin. It was widely distributed from the 1950s onwards. There are numerous alternative versions, all portraits of tearful young boys or girls." (wikipedia)
This tacky piece of mass produced
kitsch used to be quite popular until the myth that it is cursed became widespread (see link)
Houses which had been gutted by mysterious fires were found to contain an undamaged copy of the Crying Boy, fuelling the myth of the curse.
Given the as yet to be explained resistance of the Crying Boy image to flames, this makes it the ideal candidate for printing unto fire blankets.
The actual image would be rolled up so that its accursed gaze could do no harm, but in the event of fire, it would be unfurled and made to face the flames, protecting those who shelter behind or beneath.
[xenzag, Sep 24 2011]
The Crying Boy
[xenzag, Sep 24 2011]
BBC Radio programme
[hippo, Sep 24 2011]
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||I listened to the Steve Punt programme this morning
about The Crying Boy. I preferred the scientific
explanation (There were a lot of them, so it was
associated with more house fires than other
pictures, and it had a fire-retardent varnish so it
usually survived fires) than the "psychic" one ("Ooh,
I'm feeling some energy - Does the name 'Thomas'
||twin apparently - hah, I did wonder why you asked that!
||you would think that varnish would make the painting even more flammable. of course the tears would dampen the flames.
||more likely is that the type of person that has this kind of painting is more likely to be careless with the matches and the fact it didn't disappear in the inferno is just a coincidence that got picked up along the way.
||It's self-selecting too - no one notices the pictures
which do get incinerated because they, like the rest
of your house, are just a pile of ashes.
||You could probably make a conflagration-promoting
piece of wall art.
||Maybe an even kitcshier version of the Crying Boy
print, but with the teardrops made out of glass
hemispheres affixed to the surface. With the right
||//tacky piece of mass produced kitsch used to be
quite popular until the myth that it is cursed
became widespread// A technique for making bad
art unpopular? This is an important development!
||//I preferred the scientific explanation// .... I preferred the demonic explanation.
||Obviously this needs to be a wallpaper print.