1640s. Oil on canvas. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria. Read Note.
The Destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem is a historical event, described by Josephus Flavius in The Wars. During the war of AD 69-70 against the Jewish uprising, the Romans captured Jerusalem; during their attack on the Temple, which continued to resist, one of the soldiers threw a torch into its window. The fire started. The Roman chief commander Tit Flavius, later the emperor, tried to stop the fire and his outraged soldiers, who started to destroy the Temple, but it was too late. Thus in AD 70 the second Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed