Tribute Money.
 Masaccio, 1401-1428

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Title:Tribute Money
Notes:Masaccio was an Italian Renaissance painter from Florence. He is well-known for his ability to recreate lifelike subjects, convey movement, imitate nature, and give his works a sense of three-dimensionality.

Widely considered one of Masaccio’s best pieces, Tribute Money is a fresco located in the Brancacci Chapel of the basilica of Santa Maria del Carmine in Florence. This is the central scene of a series of three scenes in the fresco. A tax collector approaches Jesus and the disciples demanding tribute. Jesus and Peter both point to the left-hand portion of the painting (not shown). Jesus and the disciples all wear pastel colors while the tax collector wears a striking vermillion. The viewer’s focus is drawn to Jesus, whose face is more resigned, which stands in contrast to Peter’s angry expression.

A short essay on the artistic and spiritual meaning of this artwork is available from The Visual Commentary on Scripture,

This image represents an interpretation of the Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Year A -- Season after Pentecost -- Proper 24 (29)

Artist:Masaccio, 1401-1428
Building:Brancacci Chapel

Scripture:Matthew 22:15-22
Matthew 17:22-27
Lectionary links:AProp24
General Subject:Tribute Money
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Attribution:Masaccio, 1401-1428. Tribute Money, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved May 18, 2024]. Original source:
Record Number:57260 Last Updated: 2022-05-30 05:52:44 Record Created: 2019-12-27 16:29:18
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition