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Adam and Seth, and the True Cross

The Legend of the true cross is a part of the Golden Legend. Adam, on his death-bed, sent his son Seth to the Archangel Michael imploring him to bring back the promised oil of mercy, hoping to save his life. Seth only managed to obtain a few seeds of the tree of knowledge. On his return he found Adam already dead, so he placed the seeds under his fatherís tongue, and from these grew a large tree.



Death of Adam
PIERO della Francesca

Adam sends Seth to paradise to fetch the oil of mercy
UNKNOWN; Netherlandish Master

Angel shows Seth the child in paradise, An
UNKNOWN; Netherlandish Master