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Saint Peter paying the Tribute Money

Mattia Preti

The story is set in Capernaum. The tax collectors ask Peter for the tribute money paid by Jews wishing to enter the Temple. Jesus orders Peter to fish in the lake, where he would find the coin with which to pay the tribute in a fish’s mouth. While in Rome, Preti was in touch with the adepts of the “manfrediana methodus“, the method of painter Bartolomeo Manfredi based on the study of Caravaggio’s work with a view to selecting typical figures for use in other compositions which, though new, were still painted in the master’s spirit.

Download hi-res image TITLE Saint Peter paying the Tribute Money
AUTHOR Mattia Preti
DATE 1635 - 1636
OBJECT TYPE AND MATERIAL Oil on canvas
DIMENSIONS cm 143 x 193
INVENTORY 979
ROOM XXIX
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