Scaring Art – Cursed Paintings

Art is beautiful in all its forms, however, the works of some painters make the audience fear of the picture rather than admire it. Some paintings are connected with strange and even mystic stories which can not be logically explained. The power of art can create miracles, but there are cases when these miracles are pretty scary ones.

The picture with the worst reputation is, probably, “Crying Boy” by Giovanni Bragolin. It presents a portrait of the painter’s son whom the artist made cry by holding burning matches in front of his face. The kid was afraid of fire and cried out of fear. A few weeks after the picture was finished the boy died from pneumonia, and Bragolin burnt alive in his house during a sudden conflagration. Then a series of conflagrations was reported in the Northern England – in all cases the houses were burnt to ashes except for the reproduction of “Crying Boy”. In result, the reproductions of this picture were declared cursed and the owners were told to get rid of them. The original “Crying Boy”, however, is still not found…

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Are You ‘Spring’ or ‘Summer’?

Many girls and women follow the fashion and make-up trends but not all of them may be aware of the fact if this or that color shade matches their complexion. The theory of four types of appearance will be helpful for those who want to know their ideal color scheme of clothes, make-up and accessories. All the possible types of appearance are divided into four groups which are named after the four seasons. The reason for that division is the existence of a number of common features that make the one appearance type differ from the three rest ones. Consider what features are typical of you to make sure that you are a mild and delicate “spring” or a bright elegant “winter”.

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Michelangelo Pistoletto

Michelangelo Pistoletto is an Italian artist regarded as a leading figure of Arte Povera movement. Many of his works are socially oriented. Thus his famous installation The Third Paradise refers to the idea of creation a perfect place where people would live in harmony with nature. The work was presented for the first time in 2005 during the 51st Venice Biennale. Why it has such a name? According to Pistoletto the third paradise combines features of the first and second paradises. The first one refers to the paradise where “humans were fully integrated into nature”. As for the second one then it is an artificially created place “developed by humans through a process that has now reached globalizing proportions. This paradise is made of artificial needs, artificial products, artificial comforts, artificial pleasures, and every other form of artifice”. What about the third paradise? Pistoletto sees it as “the passage to a new level of planetary civilization, essential to ensure the human race’s survival. The Third Paradise is the new myth that leads everyone to take personal responsibility at this momentous juncture”.

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When Women Are Too Much in Love

There is one good old axiom originated from the Greek philosophy which sounds like “nothing too much” and can be applied to different spheres of life, love and relations included. When it is too good it can easily turn out bad. In relations, like in any other system, there is a principle of conservation of energy which means a constant pursuit of balance. “Too much” of any kind is bad because it leads the system out of balance.

For example, some girls do not distinguish between the form and content. They think that to love is to show their affection in all possible ways. These girls call there partners all possible tender names, use “I love you” like an interjection when there is a necessity to fill in the pause in the conversation. They hug their men too often, show their feelings too openly. Of all the other sits they prefer their men’s knees. You can catch them drawing the hearts with their fingers on the men’s foreheads or sending sms every five minutes to remind of their feelings. The unprepared man can run away scared seeing such passion. The prepared one can get extremely annoyed and run away as well. So, to avoid this sad result, use the rule of “three to one” – allow yourself one sign of attention for every three signs from a man. It will keep him interested and save some mystery in your relations.

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Werther Syndrome

This syndrome has received its name from the novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe “The Sorrows of Young Werther” published in 1774. the main character of the novel, a young man named Werther falls in love with Charlotte, who is engaged to Albert. Albert is 11 years older than Charlotte and Werther understands that he has no chance to marry Charlotte. Finally he makes a decision to travel to Weimar. After Werther has returned to his native town he founds Charlotte married to Albert. Werther is aware of the fact that the future life is impossible and the one from them is to die. He can’t find enough courage to kill Albert or Charlotte and commits a suicide. He leaves the death note bu neither Albert no Charlotte attend his funeral.

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Best Short Stories of All Times

The best story you have ever read is not necessarily long. It can be just a short novel but reading t will turn your entire world upside down and make you remember it forever. Some time ago I did not pay any attention to short stories at all as I considered that it is impossible to develop a plot and fill the narration with deep sense and emotions using only a few pages of text. But the following short stories have changed my opinion once and for all.

“The Letter from an Unknown Woman” written by an Austrian writer Stefan Zweig has become real revelation for me. It is the story of love which has almost unbearable power and lasts for the whole life of the main heroine. She felt in love with a handsome writer in her childhood, then met him when she was eighteen, but he did not recognize her. She gave birth to their child without the writer knowing about it. The woman has to find sponsors among rich men to give her child a good living. She describes all her life and love in the letter to the writer which he receives only after the death of the woman and her child. This story is a true hymn of unrequited pure love which causes a whirlwind of emotions.

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Muse – Alternative Music Galaxy

“Muse” is a British alternative rock-band which was found in 1994 in Teignmouth, Devon. I rarely like all songs of some band but “Muse” does not cease to surprise me with new melodies. They preserve their unique style but at the same time add something new to every song which singles it out from the row of rock tracks.

The music of “Muse” seems to come to us from another galaxy – it sounds strange and enchanting at the same time. Passionate performance, theatrical vocals, masterly guitar parts and amazing concerts make this band one of my favorite ones.

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