The portrait of a tearful boy upset Britain in 1985 from one end to the other.
Since then, it continues to occupy the memory of the people who watched through the press the efforts to solve the mystery of the portrait that cannot be burned.
It all started when a firefighter noticed that in a Yorkshire house that had been destroyed by fire, the painting of a boy he was voting on had remained intact. In fact, he claimed that this was not the first time he had noticed that the painting with the boy was coming out “safe” of burnt houses.
This painting had been reproduced in about 50 thousand copies and apparently was a common choice of decoration at that time.
Following the report of the firefighter, people from all over Britain sent similar stories to the newspapers, causing a great deal of noise.
The story began to take on a horror story when theories were developed that not only did the crying boy escape the flames, but he caused the fires!
The artist who painted the series of crying boys was called Bragolin and died in 1981. His paintings were sold in tourist attractions in post-war Venice.
These biographical details of the artist, of course, do not go hand in hand with the most popular version available on the Internet.
According to him, the boy was an orphan who had lost his parents in a fire. The painter took the boy under his protection, despite the rumors that accompanied him, that he could set fire to objects without touching them, with telepathy.
After a while, the painter’s studio caught fire and the boy burst into flames. Since then, his traces have disappeared. Ten years later, a young man was pulled out dead from a car accident in which the vehicle burned completely. According to the driving license, the dead man was the orphan boy!
Several experiments have been performed from 1985 until today to solve the mystery. A radio producer and comedian, Steve Punt, found such a painting and took it to a research center, where he could try to burn it safely.
The result surprised him. A flame sprang up in the corner of the painting and continued to burn, but only the picture frame. Then it went out and the boy’s face remained intact.
By 1985, the Sun newspaper had become the mass recipient of dozens of such paintings arriving from across the country to catch fire. The owners were either scared of the rumors or wanted to get rid of the painting in an avant-garde way…