Peter Adams

Peter Adams

The Resurrection

  • Oil on panel
  • 96" x 48", artwork
  • 123" x 64" x 7", framed
  • Contemporary



Acquired by American Legacy Fine Arts directly from the artist

Artist Statement

"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


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.

Watch the video on "Peter Adams: Inspirations for the Fourteen Stations of the Cross and Sacred Themes" HERE.


European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), Barcelona Spain, October 8th – December 12th, 2021

Sotheby's NY, New York, July 16 - 26, 2021

Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, Los Angeles, California, 2018-2021

Our Savior Parish and USC Caruso Catholic Center, Los Angeles,  March 26 - June 16, 2018


Various authors, “International Realism: 15th International ARC Salon”, ACC Art Books, Woodbridge, Suffolk 2021, (Honorable Mention Imaginative Realism), Illustrated p. 166

Samuel Peralta, “Lunar Codex: Nova Collection”, cultural time capsule Nova-C Lunar Lander launching to the Moon via Space X Falcon 9 in early 2022, illustrated

Blog, Fine Art Connoisseur, April 2018

Advertisement, American Art Collector Magazine, March 2018


2020-2021 15th International Art Renewal Center Salon Honorable Mention Award

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Additional Available Artwork by Peter Adams

  • American Legacy Fine Arts presents "Transcendence, Sunset over Tejon Ranch" a painting by Peter Adams.
  • American Legacy Fine Arts presents "Aspects of Mary" a painting by Peter Adams.
  • American Legacy Fine Arts presents "Blind Love; Huntington Gardens" a painting by Peter Adams.
  • American Legacy Fine Arts presents "Reverie at Sunset; St. Malo, Oceanside" a painting by Peter Adams.