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: Overall (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


The story of Gerusalemme Liberata is based upon Tasso's epic poem of the same name.

As the crusaders reach the city of Jerusalem, two of the Christian leaders kneel in the foreground, both in Classical armor with garments of red, blue and yellow. The younger man is presumably Godfrey of Bouillon. Other mounted men in gray armor are seen behind. Rising in the background on the right are the walls of Jerusalem.