I saw this painting at a gallery in London in 1999, ah the last century, in the review prior to sale, I vividly remember this painting over all the others the room. Munch painted 5 versions, this one I found at the MOMA archive. There is no record of Munch calling this a Virgin Mary, the subject was Munch’s muse who could drink absinthe by the litre. Art dealers like to label and categorise artists works for commercial purposes. Virgin Mary is a very popular image.