Masaccio was 20 years old when this picture was dated.

The magnificent painting on these pages, known as the Tribute Money, is a fresco from the Brancacci Chapel in Florence, Italy, and is the work of the first great master of the Italian Renaissance, Masaccio (1401–1428). Masaccio’s work represents the shift from the highly stylized and decorative painting we associate with Medieval times to painting emphasizing three-dimensional space and solid, realistic human forms —the kind of painting we associate with the Italian Renaissance. Masaccio was one of the great heros of Michaelangelo, Leonardo DaVinci, and Raphael. In this painting, the story of Jesus, Peter, and the tribute money (see Matt 17:24ff) is told in three stages: the center of the painting is part 1, the left, part 2, and the right, part 3. In the center, the temple tax is required of Jesus by the tax collector. The tax collector addresses Peter, his left hand reaches toward Jesus in a gesture of asking, his right hand points down and in the direction of the temple building at the right, to show that the tax is for the earthly temple. Christ, pointing towards the lake, gives the instructions to Peter about how he will go about getting the money; Peter’s hand obediently follows his master’s gesture. Later, at the left, Peter retrieves the coin from the fish’s mouth—the amazing foretold miracle. Finally, at the right, Peter delivers the four-drachma coin to the tax collector.

Masaccio's use of perspective is clearest in his frescos for theBrancacci Chapel in S.

Therefore, it indicates the transition into the era of humanism from earlier styles of art characterized by a flat, plain perspective and a hieratic scale (making more important figures larger than other, less important characters).
Masaccio was born in 1401 in a small town called Castel San Giovanni de Altura.

It is possible that Masaccio was influenced by one or both of them.

Other possible masters to Masaccio were Bicci di Lorenzo and Francesco di Antonio.

It was not until the 1480s, when the Brancacciswere allowed to return from exile, that the chapel was finished -- but by Filippino Lippi, not Masaccio.

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Although Masaccio died at the early age of 27 he managed to paint a few pictures of such enormous impact as to affect not only the whole future course of but also that of European art in general.

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Masaccio's father was a young notary, his mother, Mona Jacopa di Martinozzo, the daughter of an innkeeper from a nearby town.

Apart from what can be gleaned from his pictures, little extra is known of Masaccio's life.

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In 1427 Masaccio made a tax declaration to the newly instituted Catasta: he was then living in what is now the Via dei Servi and had his workshop near the Badia.

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However, three other paintings, all done in the last fouryears of his short life, do show perspective, and are the works on whichMasaccio's fame rests.

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There is also one Florentine painter who shows much of Masaccio's interest in modeling and space, Giovanni Toscani, and it is conceivable that Masaccio was one of his pupils.

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, who came from near San Giovanni, and with whom Masaccio worked on at least three commissions, was almost certainly not Masaccio's master: he may have hired Masaccio to help him with important commissions, but it was the much younger painter, Masaccio, who then influenced his senior.