Munch masterpieces recovered, cops say
Munch masterpiecesrecovered, cops say
OSLO, Norway -- Police recovered two paintings they believe are the Edvard Munch masterpieces "The Scream" and "Madonna," two years after masked gunmen seized the priceless artworks from an Oslo museum in a bold, daylight raid, authorities announced Thursday.
Both paintings, stolen from the Munch Museum in August 2004, were in better-than-expected condition, police said. They were recovered following the conviction of three suspects in the case in May. During the hunt for the paintings, Norwegian news media reported that they might have been burned to get rid of evidence.
"The Scream," which shows a waif-like figure apparently screaming or hearing a scream, has become a modern icon of human anxiety. Munch died in 1944 at the age of 80.
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