The Crusaders Reach Jerusalem (from a set of Scenes from Gerusalemme Liberata)

Designer: Designed by Domenico Paradisi (Italian, active 1689–1721)

Manufactory: Manufactured by the San Michele workshop

Workshop director: Pietro Ferloni (Italian, active 1717–70)

Date: designed ca. 1689–93, woven 1732–39

Culture: Italian, Rome

Medium: Wool, silk (16-18 warps per inch, 7 per cm.)

Dimensions: Confirmed: 144 in. × 230 in. (365.8 × 584.2 cm) (varying heights: left edge: 143"; center: 144"; right edge: 142")

Classification: Textiles-Tapestries

Credit Line: Bequest of Elizabeth U. Coles, in memory of her son, William F. Coles, 1892

Accession Number: 92.1.15


Torquato Tasso's immensely popular epic poem Gerusalemme Liberata (Jerusalem Liberated, 1574) related the events of the First Crusade (begun ca. 1095) and provided inspiration for subsequent artists in various media. Between 1689 and 1693, Domenico Paradisi painted a series of imitation tapestries illustrating the story for the apartments of Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni (1667–1740) at the Palazzo della Cancelleria. Later, at the order of the cardinal, these paintings were reproduced as a set of fifteen tapestries, to which this panel belongs. The moment depicted is the Crusaders' first sighting of their sworn goal. With expressive gestures they dismount and fall to their knees as they behold the walls and towns of the Holy City.