Norman Adams studied at the Royal College of Art and made an early name for himself as a stage designer. In the following years he received commissions for murals and ceramics. Elected an RA in 1972, Adams became Professor of Painting and Keeper at the Royal Academy in the late 1980s. The title of this painting is taken from a poem by John Donne. It shows the Virgin Mary, St John and Mary Magdalene at the foot of the cross. Adam’s tree, from which the cross was made, stood in the Garden of Eden.
Gallery label, September 2004
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