This painting is considered one of the greatest English paintings in the Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery.

The picture is based on Books V to VII of Milton's Paradise Lost. At the far right Adam and Eve receive the angel Raphael who cautions them against disobeying God's command and warns them of Satan's plan to bring about the Fall. The terrain descends dramatically to reveal a panoramic vista of Paradise, a visionary landscape of luxuriant growth. This is nature at its very birth, in a primal state of innocence before its corruption by man. So blissful a scene becomes even more poignant when one recalls that it was conceived at the height of the Industrial Revolution.


Kirkcaldy Galleries

War Memorial Gardens, KIRKCALDY, Fife, KY1 1YG
01592583206
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Opening times

Mon
12pm – 7pm


Tues
9.30am – 7pm

Wed
9.30am – 5pm


Thurs
9.30am – 7pm

Friday
9.30am – 5pm


Saturday
9.30am – 4pm

Sunday
12 – 4pm

Closed 6 May, 15 July Public Holidays. See website for Christmas & New Year closures

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