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What time Ierusalem that Cittie faire, Was sieg’d and sackt by great Vespasians heire   Canaan’s Calamitie, Jerusalem’s Misery ; The dolefull destruction of faire Ierusalem by Tytus, the Sonne of Vaspasian Emperour of Rome, in the yeare of Christ’s Incarnation 74  (1598) Wherein is shewed the woonderfull miseries which God brought upon that Citty for sinne, being utterly over-throwne and destroyed, by Sword, pestilence and famine. 



The Life of Titus and Vespasian
In Judean Campaign

Series of Eight Tapestries

Italy | Sicilia | Sicily | Trapani | Marsala | Cathedral of San Tomaso

Commissioned by a group of weavers through Jean Valdor, an engraver and art dealer.

The series of eight large Flemish tapestries from Brussels, which were once kept in the church, are renowned. After undergoing extensive restoration they have been on display in the Museo degli Arazzi since 1984 (entrance from the rear of the church, near the main apse). The tapestries, which were woven around 1565-70, deal with themes from the Jewish War which ended with the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 A.D.: first tapestry: Josephus Flavius, defender of Giopata, leaves the grotto where he has sought refuge after the conquest of the city by Vespasian. second tapestry: Agrippa, King of Tiberia, goes to Vespasian to speak in favor of his city. third tapestry: Vespasian is named Emperor by the soldiers after the death of Nero. fourth tapestry: The Emperor Vespasian receives a gift from the Syrian king. fifth tapestry: Vespasian has Josephus Flavius set free from his chains. sixth tapestry: fight between the Roman Priscus and the Jew Jonas. seventh tapestry: Titus, the son of Vespasian, receives an important present: two candle-stands and the Holy Scriptures for the resumption of services in the temple of Jerusalem. eighth tapestry: Titus brings a sacrifice to Jahve, the God of the Jews.

These sumptious tapestries were originally in the possession of the Archbishop Antonio Lombardo of Messina, who was born in Marsala and who twice visited Madrid as a member of a diplomatic mission and received them as gifts from King Philip II. He bequeathed them to the city of his birth, Marsala, in the Chiesa Madre of which he was buried in 1596.


FIRST TAPESTRY Giuseppe Flavio, defender of Giodapata, exits from the cove where it had been sheltered, after the fall she city to work of Vespasiano.

SECOND TAPESTRY Agrippa , king of Tiberiade, perora the cause of the threatened city of destruction of forehead to Vespasiano.

THIRD TAPESTRY – Vespasiano is induced to accept the nomination to emperor decretatagli from the soldiers to the dead women of Nerone.

FOURTH TAPESTRY – Vespasiano emperor receives the homage of the governor of Syria.

FIFTH TAPESTRY – Vespasiano makes to free Giuseppe Flavio from the chains

SIXTH TAPESTRY – Combat between the giudeo Gionata and the Prisco Roman

SEVENTH TAPESTRY  – the clergyman Jesus di Nabuth offers to Tito, son of Vespasiano, two candlesticks and the sacred book for the resumption of the cult in the tempio of Gerusalemme.

EIGHT TAPESTRY – Sacrifice of Tito to Javeh, God of the Giudei