The Tribute Money

The Tribute Money

Artist Masaccio

Date ca. 1425

Movement Italian Renaissance

Medium Fresco

Dimensions 8’1″ x 19’7″

Located at Brancacci Chapel, Florence


Masaccio depicts a continuous narrative here—in the center, Christ instructs St. Peter to obtain coins from a fish; at the left, Peter draws coins from a fish’s mouth, and at the right, he gives the money to the tax collector. The figures are rather static but display strong facial expressions and contrapposto—likely an influence of Donatello’s. Atmospheric perspective helps create a space large enough for the continuous narrative.