Muted By Thieves, Scream Returns at Full Volume
Restored Munch masterwork returned to museum walls 4 years after theft
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2008 4:45 PM CDT
Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream" on display at the Munch Museum in Oslo, Wednesday, May 21, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Edvard Munch's masterpiece The Scream is hanging again in an Oslo museum today, 4 years after armed robbers stole it in broad daylight, CNN reports. The painting has been undergoing restoration since it was retrieved in 2006. It was structurally damaged, stained, scratched (exposing cardboard beneath the paint) and “considerably” dirtier, curators say, but “the artistic value … has not been reduced.”