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, https://thevcs.org/tribute-money/space-and-time?first=6601.

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

Date:1424-1428
Artist:Masaccio, 1401-1428
Building:Brancacci Chapel
Object/Function:Fresco
City/Town:Florence
Country:Italy

Scripture:Matthew 22:15-22
Matthew 17:22-27
Lectionary links:AProp24
General Subject:Tribute Money
Visual Commentary on Scripture
RCL Daily Reading

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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. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=57260 [retrieved May 18, 2024]. Original source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Tribute_Money_Masaccio_Cappella_Brancacci.jpg.
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