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US nun takes DNA test to prove relation to Scream creator

Published time: August 21, 2012 12:27
Edited time: August 21, 2012 16:27
Eva Mudocci and Edvard Munch

Eva Mudocci and Edvard Munch

An elderly American nun has made a confession worthy of being turned into a Hollywood soap opera. She claims she is the granddaughter of the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, long thought to have died childless.

­The 72-year-old old is expected to get DNA tested and assistance from the artist’s heirs, the Local reports.

Janet Weber maintains that Munch, the man behind one of the most famous and recognized images in art history, The Scream, could be the father of twins with her grandmother, violinist Evangeline Hope Muddock, aka Eva Mudocci.

She was Munch’s muse and model for one of his most sensual portraits, The Brooch.

The beauty and the artist had an affair after they met in Paris in 1903. Five years later in Copenhagen Mudocci gave birth to twins. She never revealed the father’s identity to her children. It was her friend, Bella Edwards, who told Janet Weber’s mother that she was allegedly Edvard Munch’s daughter, Norwegian radio NRK reported.

Ms Weber says she is not interested in seeking an inheritance but is keen to find out about her true origins instead.

Munch’s psychedelic painting The Scream recently fetched a sensational $119.9 million at a Sotheby’s auction in New York.

“For me to know that Edvard Munch might be my grandfather is almost incomprehensible,” the nun is quoted as saying.