Munch Museum may use eye surgeon to clean paintings

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The Munch Museum in Oslo has said that it is considering hiring an eye surgeon to remove tiny splinters of glass from two of its paintings. The Scream and Madonna, both by Edvard Munch, were stolen from the museum during an armed raid in 2004. The paintings were recovered two years later and three men were later convicted of their theft.

At the Court of Appeals this week, the Munch Museum's director Lise MjÞs said that the paintings had suffered splits, tears and water damage as a result of the robbery. There were also several tiny pieces of glass embedded in the paintings after their glazed frames were smashed. The museum is considering asking an eye surgeon to remove these glass fragments before conservation treatment takes place. The museum is also claiming NOK 1.6 million in compensation for the cost of conserving the paintings. If the Museum wins its case at the Court of Appeals, the three men convicted of stealing the paintings may be liable to pay these costs.

Eye surgeon for Munchs -- Aftenposten, Norway

Eye surgeon may be needed to pull glass from Munch masterpieces --