Scream Scans shows Inscription was made by Munch

February 22 2021

Image of Scream Scans shows Inscription was made by Munch

Picture: artnet.com

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The National Museum of Norway have concluded that an inscription made on Edvard Munch's The Scream was made by the artist's own hand. In the top left hand corner resides a sentence which reads 'Can only have been painted by a madman', a piece of text which has long baffled art historians. Recent scans of the work have helped to reveal more details of the writing. It's been suggested that Munch might have added the sentence after the work received a critical reception in an 1895 exhibition.

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