Davis was puzzled. Giovanni’s words were somewhat credible, because the painter often made up some absurd stories in order to sell the paintings better. However, in subsequent investigations, Davis discovered that Giovanni had not lied. The child in the painting was indeed named Poligo. He accidentally caused a fire and caused his parents to die in the fire. Poligo became an orphan and lived in a local orphanage. He was soon adopted by a local priest, who was also burned to death in a fire. Poligo was considered an ominous person and was ostracized everywhere. Later, Poligo was killed in a traffic accident. According to the locals, because Poligo received the cold eyes of the people, he was very unwilling, so he turned into a curse after his death and entered the painting.
Is the boy in the painting really like the devil in the legend, with a magical curse power? Davis decided to seek explanations from folklore experts. Georgina Boyce, the head of the Folklore Research Association, watched the painting with breathlessness, her expression was solemn, and she sighed but refused to give any explanation. Davis was unwilling to find Victory, the president of the Folk Theological Association. Victor studied the painting for ten minutes, and then slowly said: “It should be the founder of this painting that offended this child in some way. All these disasters may be the child’s curse, and he is taking revenge. The reason why the painting has survived many fires may be because the tears of the crying child in the painting prevent the fire from burning to him; perhaps the boy’s soul is attached to the painting On the previous page, it tried to set fire to the painting to set itself free.” The
investigation hasn’t had any clues yet, and “Crying Boy” has caused trouble again. This time the fire broke out in the British Parliament Building, and the fire broke out in a utility room, which eventually spread to more than 200 square meters nearby. The firefighter found “Crying Boy” in the utility room. The administrator also collected “Crying Boy”. He was worried that leaving it at home would cause a fire, so he moved to the utility room a week ago. Fire.
A series of fires caused extreme panic to the public. The relevant departments had to consider that “Crying Boy” was related to the fire, so they decided to help people preserve these paintings. The British “Sun” issued a recruitment notice: “If you are worried about the bad luck of “Crying Boy” hanging at home, please send it to us immediately, we will destroy it for you, and you will never see it again Those curses.” Davis was ordered to register the recalled paintings when he was in danger. Soon, the newspaper store was filled with thousands of paintings. Looking at these paintings, Davis really does not want to believe that so many fires are actually related to it.
One late night two days later, Davis in his sleep suddenly received a call from a colleague of the newspaper office: “Come on, there is a fire in the room where “Crying Boy” is kept!” Davis hurried to the newspaper office, but when the room door was opened At that time, I found that everything was in good condition in the room, and there was no sign of fire. The colleague said with lingering fear: “I clearly saw smoke in the room just now, and smelled the smell of burning.” After analysis, it is likely that the colleague’s long-term psychological tension has created an illusion. Davis let out a sigh of relief, what a false alarm.
Unlike most talks about the color change, Andis, the director of the news editing office of The Sun, did not believe him. He replaced a painting of Churchill originally hung in the office with “Crying Boy”, even though his colleagues kindly reminded him He was a catastrophe, but Andis was not moved at all. But two days later, Andes had a car accident, and he was burned seriously.
The truth is decrypted
Andis’ accidental burns completely made Davis realize that “Crying Boy” had been cursed. In order to ease the tension among the citizens, the newspaper decided to join the fire department to hold a public painting burning event, and decided to hold it the day before Christmas. Thousands of citizens rushed to the burning site on the day of the event, fearing that the fire might cause an accident. The fire department made sufficient preparations and prepared tens of thousands of catties of dry firewood around the piles of paintings. With the command of the fire chief, the flames suddenly rose.
However, just as everyone clapped and cheered, before the raging fire could ignite the painting, it burned to a nearby residential building, causing mild burns to several citizens. What used to be a massive burning of paintings turned into a tragedy, and the newspaper was under tremendous pressure.
Davis has never given up on the research and investigation of “Crying Boy”. For more than 30 years, he insisted on interviewing experts and searching for information, and finally came up with his own set of explanations: “The picture frame cannot be burned, it is probably the use of Fire-resistant materials are used, and the canvas cannot be burned, indicating that the pigments are very resistant to high temperatures!”
In the 1960s, a high-density hard material fiberboard was used to replace the original solid wood frame in order to make the fiberboard look If there is a solid wood texture, the wood texture is embedded on the fiberboard through a chemical method. Due to the advanced technology, it is enough to be fake. Since the ignition point of these fiberboards reaches 580°C, which is difficult for a general fire to reach, the picture frame can always survive the fire.
The pigments in the paintings have also been confirmed. In the 1960s, a German factory extracted a new pigment from a plant in Brazil. This pigment not only has good color, but also can withstand high temperatures. Later, the factory After technical improvement, the high temperature resistance of the pigment has been increased to 700°C. Due to the high price of this kind of paint, not many painters are used.
“Since this kind of paint is so expensive, why would Giovanni still use it?” Davis suddenly thought of a question, that is, the sales of “Crying Boy”. The sales of 50,000 copies are enough to make him earn a lot of money. Compared with the income, he can pay for this little paint money. More importantly, at that time, many European collectors had a habit of hanging their paintings in their homes. Wooden decorated houses could easily cause fires, and “fire prevention” could be a selling point of paintings.
Not long ago, Davis organized a painting burning activity again. This time the fire department replaced the wood with gasoline. With the help of gasoline, the painting was burned. Subsequently, the test results of the picture frame and the paint came out. The picture frame is indeed made of high-density hard material fiberboard that is difficult to be ignited. The paint is not only resistant to high temperatures, but due to the use of oil painting fire protection technology, general fires are more difficult. Incinerate. At the same time, after a series of investigations by the fire department, it was discovered that the most direct cause of the fire incident caused by the “Crying Boy” oil painting was accidentally discarded cigarette butts, heating equipment errors, short-circuited wires and other people’s negligence.
“One or two fires are related to “Crying Boy”, which is understandable, but now there are more than fifty fires related to the painting. What is the explanation for this?” Davis thought about the sales of the painting again. In fact, apart from the 50,000 copies, there are still many fake imitations on the market. Almost half of the British families have this painting. “Crying Boy” has such a large mass base, it will inevitably encounter it more than once. The fire, coupled with the attention effect fueled by newspapers, has linked it to the fire curse.
But this answer has not been recognized by the public. Angela Worthington’s relatives once gave him a “Crying Boy”. The painting was a street-bought copy, and there was no fireproof paint, but it happened three times in his home. Fire, but this painting is well preserved. The Klaus family had already burned “Crying Boy”, but there was still a fire in his house. Strangely, the firefighters also found a half-burnt painting in the rubble. Although the fire department rejected rumors that the two fires were caused by short circuits, and the half-burnt paintings in the ruins of Klaus’s house were just a prank by neighbors, but to eliminate the panic caused by “Crying Boy” over the years, it is not A simple thing.