Mystery inscription in ‘The Scream’ may have been solved

Its androgynous muse seems in some sort of pain and strong waves of color overwhelm the viewer. However what appears on the upper left corner of the masterpiece has interested the art world for years. It checks out, “Could only have been painted by a madman.”

There has been speculation that a vandal in some way engraved the words on the 1893 painting, however the New York Times reported that managers at Norway’s National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design determined that the words were composed by Munch himself. Mai Britt Guleng, one of the curators, told the Times that he had been taking a look at the engraving “letter by letter” and identified that it is “similar in every method to Munch’s handwriting”. Edvard Munch’s The Scream is among the world’s most long-lasting paintings.

“So there disappears doubt,” he said. The BBC reported that The Scream is the second-most recognizable artwork ever produced, behind the master Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. The report stated that Munch produced 4 versions of the painting, but the most popular was from 1893.

There is a theory that the figure in the painting is a self-portrait of Munch. The Times reported that Munch required to a journal and stated the painting was influenced by a “gust of melancholy”. The inscription is not big enough to be seen with the naked eye and the Times stated that curators utilized infrared photography to construct the lettering.

The report said that the N and the D written in the inscription led the researchers to figure out, “This is Munch.”

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