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Bruno Amadio ’Crying Boy’

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Italian painterBruno Amadioknown around the world under the pseudonymof Giovanni Bragolin,is one of the most enigmatic artists of the 20s. It began its life rather prosaic. He was born September 22 1981 in Venice, the city of Padua. Since childhood, fond of painting, he studied the works of the great artists of the academy. Studies in which he never finished, began to create their own, developing his own style of image of reality. The main income is to sell his paintings to tourists.

Bruno Amadio - Crying boy


Bruno Amadio liked to portray everything that surrounded him. Among his works can be seen: the flowers, children, everyday scenes from the life of different people, historic moments. But it is known for his paintings of crying children.

Until now, the history of the origin of the cycle of paintings is unknown. a great number of legends associated with them. The artist himself has christened them the name «Gypsy cycle» in which 20 boys crying portrait was depicted. It is still unclear why the author of the so-called them? After all, children are shown in the pictures, very unlike the Roma. Images of horror, suffering, despair and anguish caused so in awe of ordinary people that the artist ranked as the devil himself. However, the popularity of the 70-80-ies of these works was furious: reproduction massively sold out as the poor and the rich.

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The first wave of panic began with an article in «The Sun» British newspaper. The author talked about a married couple May and Ron Hull, who lived in Rotherham. They claimed that their house burned down just after buying the painting, which depicts a crying child was. He burned up, but the wall with hanging cloth remained almost untouched. The couple were so terrified of this circumstance, that the picture was accused of setting fire to his house.

Was it an accident, the usual journalistic slander to attract readers or the artist has decided to attract attention so that ordinary people? It is difficult to say for sure, but the editors did a flurry of letters, where readers have reported similar incidents. They stated that all of their friends or relatives who have purchased one of the reproductions of crying children, affected by the fire. In all the houses the fire destroyed everything except «damn picture.» On all sides were heard words such as «corruption», «curse», «nightmare portrait», etc. Moreover, there were witnesses who said the following:.. They tried to burn the portrait specifically, but were unable to.

The journalists demanded that the police and firefighters on reasonable explanation. Although firefighters have argued that the causes of all fires are real and understandable, but to explain the cause of the inviolability of paintings, he was never able to. In addition, during the investigation it was found: some portraits, which were found at the scene were not reproductions Giovanni Bragolin and copies made by Anna Zinkayzen.

And although the fire continued to insist that the causes of fires are a common disregard of fire safety equipment, and the paintings were not touched because of hard paper, which is difficult to ignite, the journalists did not believe them, and continued to insist on the mystical cause of all accidents. As for the paper as possible and argue, but there is a proven theory, which reads as follows: If plain paper is immersed in ethyl alcohol, add a pinch of salt, let the paper good soak and then to merge excess liquid and set on fire, it will burn only the alcohol, but the the paper will remain intact. It explains it all purely chemical properties. Accordingly, we can conclude that the artists could handle something like his paintings to preserve them. But why there were fires? It all could have been done by them own hands to create a mystique around their work and attract attention. After all, if you look at the biography Bragolin, it is rather meager: born, educated, married, children, died of esophageal cancer. Yes, and known only to his work with the boys crying.

Esoteric argue that these portraits themselves could well be the cause of fire. When the hand-written portrait of a man on paper sealed part of his soul. Not just because of all the peoples of so many walks of legends about the damned portraits, in which the black magicians could even seal the man himself or tie his life to it. It is still unknown why the children crying in the paintings: The most common version is that the author is specially frighten them, brought to the horror, and then painted. Those ordinary human child brought to horror: wide eyes, full of fear, resentment, despair, confusion. Heart broken, looking at them. And, it is quite possible that the picture after its completion, maintained that energy. And through it already small sitters avenged those who hang their pictures at home.


The end of history is very sad that people were so frightened that they asked the authorities to take action. It has been the decision to destroy these pictures, and then they burned outside the city. But the legend of the weeping boy still walks on the Internet, and modern mystics, and researchers are trying to solve this mystery.