Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Scientists have solved the mystery of the mysterious inscription on the famous painting


Фото: Annar Bjorgli/The National Musuem

Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream” is on display at the National Gallery of Norway

As it turned out, the inscription in pencil in the upper left corner of the painting Scream was left by the artist himself – Edvard Munch.

Norwegian scientists have found out who is the author of the mysterious inscription on the famous painting by Edvard Munch Crick. The Daily Mail reports.

Specialists from the National Gallery of Norway examined the painting using infrared scanning. As it turned out, the pencil inscription in the upper left corner “kan kun vaere malet af en gal mand” in Danish, which means “only a madman could draw”, was left by the artist himself.

“This inscription is undoubtedly made by Munch himself. Both its content and the events of 1895, when Munch first showed this painting in Norway, lead in the same direction,” said gallery curator May Britt Guleng.

According to the expert, the artist wrote a few words on his painting after meeting with visitors to the exhibition, in which one of the spectators, medical student Johan Scharffenberg, told him that this work was probably created by a person suffering from mental disorders.

“It was very important for him to take control of how he understood himself and how others understood him. Probably, the inscription became a way to demonstrate such control, because others called him insane, but with this he kind of said: ‘I can joke about this, “said May Britt Guleng.

Note that the painting “The Scream” was first exhibited in Oslo (formerly called Christiania) in 1893. However, after the first demonstration to the public, the painting drew sharp criticism and speculation about the mental health of the artist himself.

There are several unique versions of Crick Munch – two paintings, two pastels, several lithographic prints, and several drawings and sketches. The paintings were supposedly created in 1893 and 1910.

The pencil inscription is found precisely on the painting of 1893, which was kidnapped in 1994. The painting was later found intact at a hotel in Asgardstrand and returned to the National Gallery. A decade later, the 1910 version of the Crick was stolen, but later returned, albeit severely damaged.

As previously reported, the painting by the great Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli Young man with a medallion sold at auction in New York for $ 92.2 million

Banksy’s painting of supermarket carts sold for nearly $ 10 million

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