From possessed dolls to possessed houses. Do you think paintings can be haunted? Here are 5 haunted paintings that will give you chills.

1 . “Man Proposes, God Disposes”

Man Proposes, God Disposes was created by Edwin Henry Landseer in 1864. It is known as one of his darkest piece to date. Edward Henry Landseer was known for realistic animal paintings, which also drew the attention of Queen Victoria.

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Artist: Edwin Henry Landseer

The painting consists of two artic polar bears devouring the remains of a frozen shipwreck. One of the polar bears looks straight at the viewer and the other is busy chewing a human bone. You can see a fallen mast on the boat which looks like Death’s scythe.

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Portrait of Edwin Henry by Sir Francis Grant

Edwin Henry based the painting on a real live expedition by Franklin. Franklin Expedition was a tragedy in which more than 100 men were trapped in ice and died before they could find a trade route in the artic.
So how is it haunted?

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The Royal Holloway Learning Institution During Exams
Source: BBC

The painting is on display since the 1920s at The Royal Holloway, one of the most prestigious learning institutions in the United Kingdom. Since the painting has found its home at The Royal Holloway it is known to curse the entire class with bad luck. Moreover, it also matters how close the student sit to it. If he/she sits right in front of it then he/she is doomed for failure.
It is noted that the stare of the polar bear can make students fail in their exam, and lose their sanity.

In 1970 there was a case in which one student could not take it anymore and requested to change the seat. However, the professor did not agree. Only after a flag-covered the painting the student sat down and gave the exam. So ever since then on every exam the painting is covered by a flag. This story is verified by the college and they have no problem admitting that it is true.

On the other hand, there is a darker story about the painting but it has never been verified by the institution. Once a student was misfortune enough to sit right in front of the painting he found himself tranced by the polar bear eye and scribbled “the polar bear made me do it” on the exam. After doing so he went back to their dorm to commit suicide.

2. Love Letters

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Love Letters

There is an old hotel in Texas which is known for having a lot of paranormal activities. It is rumored to be haunted by a lot of ghosts. The first ghost is the ghost of the owner who fills the hall with the smell of cigar. Then there is the ghost of two brides who did not know each other but faced the same death, suicide. The last ghost is a portrait of a 4-year-old girl named Samantha Houston called Love Letters.

The haunting started in 1887 when a Texas senator stayed at the Driskill Hotel. With him was his daughter Samantha whom he allowed to play by herself while he was away. She fell down the stairs to her death while chasing after a ball. After 7 days hotel guest would see her bouncing the same ball in the lobby. Her giggles could also be heard near the ladies room and by the stairs where she died.

To commemorate her death her father hired a painter to paint a grand portrait of her. Shortly after the painting was hung on the wall it seemed as though she transferred herself into the canvas. The portrait may seem innocent at first glance, but if you stair for long guests and staff have reported that her expression changes. Samantha would also shake the door handle of the room located next to her painting. 

3. The Anguish Man

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Okay, this one is creepy and the owner of the painting actually has proof to back up his claims. A guy named Sean Robinson inherited the painting which belonged to his dead grandmother. The painting was locked in his grandmother’s closet for 25 years. The artist created the painting with his own blood and then killed himself. She claimed to have heard crying coming from the attic and also saw a shadowy figure passing by. Sean began to experience the same activities. In one occasion his son said that he felt something push him down the stairs and at this Sean was convinced that he had to do something about it. So he set up a camera facing the painting and to his surprise after reviewing the footage he could hear screams, banging noises, and other disturbances were recorded.

Another instance is when Sean’s wife felt something touch her hair in the bathroom. Furthermore, he also saw a roaming mist at the top of his stairs, and on the last night, he records a white figure sprinting across the room. Since he was expecting a child he decided to keep the painting in a storage unit for safekeeping.

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