Acquired by American Legacy Fine Arts directly from the artist
"I wanted to capture the very moment when Mary Magdalene recognized the resurrected Christ in the dawning hour of the first Easter Sunday. My thought is that when Mary Magdalene came out of the empty tomb after searching for Christ’s body, she may have been partially blinded by the sun’s morning glare. I imagined Christ appearing in an intense contre-jour effect, further obscuring his features. The Bible tells us that she mistook Jesus for the gardener. As recounted in John 20:16, as soon as He said her name, 'Mary,' she recognized him and worshipped him, saying, 'Rabboni.'"
— Peter Adams
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Created in 2018, this original life-size oil painting is inspired by the biblical account of Christ’s Resurrection, as described in the New Testament in John 20:16. Throughout centuries, and particularly during the Renaissance, artists depicted sacred themes for church commissions as inspirational imagery and as aids to Bible storytelling. Peter Adams takes a new approach in portraying Mary Magdalene as she experiences a range of emotions, from bewilderment to awe and reverence.
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