Paintings are exquisite works of art. But, what if a painting brings curse to your life? What if it haunts you in the nights. So we brought you the list of some haunted & cursed paintings around the world. These are some paintings which never settled in a single house due to the weird and eerie happenings experienced by the people who bought them.
The Headless Man
In 1994, James Kidd, a commercial photographer, placed one of his photos on display at a gallery in Tombstone, Arizona where I was showing some of my oil paintings. The photo was the old stagecoach stop at Tombstone. He first took a photo of the stagecoach stop and an old stagecoach, and then he didn’t wind his camera so he could get a double exposure photo with another old wagon in the foreground.
When the picture was developed, however, it revealed something unexpected. Standing on a log to the left of the wagon is a figure that the photographer did not see when he took the picture. Upon close inspection, the figure appears to be a headless man! The figure’s coat, pants, and boots are quite plain and easy to see. But he has no head. The photographer says the photo has been examined by Kodak and other experts to prove that he did not doctor it in any way.
The Portrait Of Bernardo de Galvez
A number of spirits reportedly haunt The Hotel Galvez in Galveston, TX. However, the stories surrounding the portrait of Bernardo de Galvez are some of the most chilling.
Born in 1746, Bernardo de Galvez was a Spanish military leader who aided the American colonies during the Revolutionary War. Bernando, who died in 1786, is also Galveston’s namesake.
A portrait of Bernando de Galvez hangs at the end of a downstairs hallway at Hotel Galvez. Legend has it the portrait’s painted eyes follow guests as they walk by. People who approach the painting often feel chilled or uneasy. The portrait’s haunted reputation naturally appeals to tourists who try to photograph the painting. However, it seems guests can’t get a clear photo unless they ask Bernando for permission. A paranormal investigation team snapped a picture of the infamous portrait, but the photo was marred by a skeletal image. Perhaps they forgot to ask the long-dead Bernando for his consent to be photographed?
The Anguished Man
Anguished Man, an oil painting, is known to be one of the most haunted objects in the world alongside the Annabelle doll and the Dybbuk Box. According to legend, The Anguished Man was created by an unknown artist, who mixed the paint with his own blood. Shortly, after his work was completed, the artist committed suicide. It is currently owned by Sean Robinson, from Cumbria, England. Robinson inherited The Anguished Man from his grandmother, who warned him that the painting was cursed. Although, he was fascinated with the painting, Robinson had to keep it in the basement of his house because his wife did not like it.
In 2010, he finally removed The Anguished Man from the basement after a flooding and kept it in one of the bedrooms. Since then, Robinson and his family began experiencing strange activities around the house such as seeing a shadowy figure of a man and hearing sounds of whispering and crying.
Further incidents occurred weeks later, haunting each member of the family: At nights, Robinson would wake up to see a dark, faceless figure standing in his bedroom and his wife discovered a stranger lying on the bed next to her, leaving her traumatized. The incident that really put the family in danger was when the couple’s son Kenan felt a presence push him down the stairs. Gave me creeps.
The Crying Boy
The Crying Boy was part of a series of mass-produced paintings by Italian painter Bruno Amadio, also known as Giovanni Bragolin, depicting portraits of crying orphans. Originally, it served as a souvenir for tourists after World War II and was widely distributed from the 1950s onwards. The most famous among the paintings in the series was that of “The Crying Boy”.
However, in September 1985, British tabloid newspaper, The Sun, reported a Chelmsford firefighter had claimed undamaged copies of painting were often all that was left at many of the house fires he had attended, causing speculation among the firefighting community that the image was cursed. Several months after the report more houses whose owners had a copy of the painting also reported fires.
The Sun organized a mass bonfire to burn the paintings, asking readers to send in their cursed copies. An investigation was also started to examine why the paintings remained undamaged during fires, it concluded that one of the possible explanations was that the prints were coated with a fire-repellent varnish and the string holding the frame was the first to be consumed by the fire, thus leaving the painting to fall face-down and be protected from the flames.
The Hands Resist Him
In February, 2000 this painting appeared in an auction on eBay. The painting, titled ‘The Hands Resist Him’, quickly earned a reputation as tens of thousands of people viewed the item, and more than a few made bids.
The reason for the attention was that the seller made the claim that the painting was haunted. The family added their story, starting from their discovery of the painting, abandoned at an old brewery, to the events and the investigation they carried out in order to try to prove their claims.
Before we get into all of that we will take a step back, and start from the beginning… back to when the artist applied the brush strokes that would soon grab worldwide attention through the internet… and, to keep you interested, here is the disclaimer that was added to the auction:
“WARNING: Do not bid on this painting if you are susceptible to stress-related disease, [or if you are] faint of heart or are unfamiliar with supernatural events. By bidding on this painting, you agree to release the owners of all liability in relation to the sale, or any events happening after the sale, that might be contributed to this painting. This painting may or may not possess supernatural powers that could impact or change your life. However, by bidding you agree to exclusively bid on the value of the artwork, with disregard to the last two photos featured in this auction, and hold the owners harmless in regard to them and their impact, expressed or implied.”