The tapestry illustrates the episode taken from the Acts of the Apostles (17:22-34), in which Paul, finding himself in Athens and noticing the presence of many idols, immediately laboured to bring the announcement of Jesus and his resurrection, arousing the interest of some who take him to the Areopagus, where he solemnly proclaims his speech. Taking his cue from an altar on which it was written: “To the unknown God”, he now intends to manifest what they worship without knowing: “…The God who made the world and all things that are in it, being Lord of heaven and of the earth, he does not dwell in temples built by human hands; and he is not served by the hands of man, as if he needed something; He, who gives life to all, the breath and everything else to people; Now-God commands men to repent, in every place, because he has set a day in which he judges the world with justice through the man he has established, and he has sure proof of it to everyone, raising him from the dead”. The discussion of the resurrection of the dead creates derision and abandonment by the listeners, with the exception of some, including Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris. The figure of Paul dominates imposingly, enhanced by gestures, over the listeners who are seated in a semicircle around him, producing various effects: someone is pensive and collected, others hang from his lips, some are annoyed and there are those who are already commenting and discussing. It is a wonderful representation of the first encounters or “clashes” of the Christian apostolate with pagan philosophy. In the foreground, on the left, are represented Dionysius and Damaris, first fruits of the Athenian apostolate, with their gazes polarized towards the apostle, who is bringing a breath of new life. This fruitfulness of the Christian proclamation is also exemplified by the river that winds through the landscape.