01:SAD BABY
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‘THE CRYING BOY’ IS A SERIES OF 20-30 OR 63-65 (sources dispute) PAINTINGS CREATED BY ITALIAN ARTIST, GIOVANNI BRAGOLIN. COMPLETED DURING THE 1950’S OR 1960’S (sources dispute) PRINTS OF THE PAINTINGS WERE LATER MASS PRODUCED AND SOLD AS KITCH HOME DECOR.

THIS ICONIC IMAGE OF A CRYING CHILD WAS TAINTED WITH THE REVEAL OF ITS CURSE PUBLISHED IN 1985 BY THE BRITISH TABLOID MAGAZINE, THE SUN. THE ARTICLE INCRIMINATES THE PAINTINGS IN A NUMBER OF HOUSE FIRES, WHERE ALL BUT THE TEARFUL YOUTH WAS BURNT TO A CRISP. WHAT MIGHT HAVE SEEMED A PECULIAR COINCIDENCE OF GUILT BY ASSOCIATION TURNED QUICKLY TO SUPERSTITION OF THE ICON, SAD BABY. 

HYSTERIA ENSUED AND A MASS BONFIRE TOOK PLACE. massburningofsadbaby.jpg

BUT DID THEY BURN?

WHO THAT BABY?

THE BABY IN THE PAINTING IS THOUGHT TO BE A WANDERING CHILD NAMED DON BONILLO WHO RAN AWAY AFTER HIS PARENTS WERE KILLED IN A FIRE. THE STORY GOES, WHEREVER HE WENT FIRE FOLLOWED. UNTIL HIS EVENTUAL DEATH, BY CAR FIRE. 

*** SEVERAL VERSIONS OF THIS ORIGIN AND CURSE EXIST.***

SEE, 

https://creepypasta.fandom.com/wiki/The_Crying_Boy

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/crying-boy-painting-fires

http://scarely.com/crying-boy-painting/

https://topyaps.com/cursed-portrait-crying-boy-uk/

https://drdavidclarke.co.uk/urban-legendary/the-curse-of-the-crying-boy/

SEE ALSO,    

 ‘The Curse of the Crying Boy Paintings.’ Punt PI, BBC Radio 4. (2010).   https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b00v697r

     The Crying Baby (n.d.) Wikipedia. Retrieved March 5, 2019. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crying_Boy

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SAD BABY’S STORY IS A MULTIPLICITY OF COMMODITY, SENTIMENTALITY, LOSS, URBAN LEGEND,  SUPERSTITION, LONGING, AND BELIEF.

 

 

 

 

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