"The Tribute Money" by Masaccio
Masaccio’s “The Tribute Money” (c. 1427) is a tour de force of the early Renaissance. The work depicts a scene from the Gospel of Matthew, in which a tax collector approaches Christ and his apostles as they enter the town of Capernaum. Christ then directs his disciple, St. Peter, to collect the money they need to pay the temple tax from the mouth of a fish. Highly praised for its incredible naturalism, use of perspective of shadow, and masterful visual storytelling, “The Tribute Money” is regarded as one of Masaccio’s greatest masterpieces, completed as part of the celebrated fresco cycle decorating the walls of the Brancacci Chapel in Florence, Italy.
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