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The Flemish Tapestry Museum is a real gem in the historical and artistic heritage of the city of Marsala. This precious collection of tapestries dating from the 16th century was donated to the museum by Monsignor Antonio Lombardo, one of the most prominent inhabitants of Marsala. This unique collection is one of the most significant in the southern part of Italy.
The museum is housed in a building adjacent to the Cathedral. Here you can see tapestries telling about the history of the conquest of Jerusalem by the emperors Titus and Vespasian, written by Josephus Flavius, a Jewish historian who was a participant in hostilities between the two nations. All tapestries were adorned with exquisite flecks of silk and wool.
The first tapestry depicts Josephus himself emerging from the cave where he took refuge after the fall of Jerusalem. The second tapestry shows Agrippa, ruler of Tiberias, giving a speech in defense of Marsala to Vespasian. The third canvas depicts Vespasian, who, after the death of Nero, is persuaded to accept the title of emperor. The next canvas depicts the presentation of honors to the new emperor, the fifth – liberation from the shackles of Joseph Flavius by Vespasian. The sixth tapestry shows the battle between Priscus and Jonathan. The next canvas depicts Titus and the priest, who hands him a holy book and two candlesticks. The latter depicts a sacrifice to the god Yahweh.
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