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The Tribute money
17th Century
Born 1613 Italy, Died 1699
The Tribute money
[Tributo della moneta]
c. 1644-45
Oil on canvas
121 x 170 cm  [HxW]
Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Corsini, Roma

Peter was asked by tax collectors whether his master contributed to the tax levied on all Jews for the upkeep of the Temple. Jesus told Peter to cast his line into the lake. This painting captures in dramatic fashion the moment when Peter finds the silver coin in the fish’s mouth, sufficient to pay the tax for them both. Preti was a prollific Neopolitan painter whose easel paintings reflect the realism of Caravaggio.

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