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Art Criticism. By : Vaidehi Patel. The Tribute Money. The Tribute Money . Artist name: Masaccio Date: 1401-1428 Place: Brancacci Chapel, Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence, Italy. Type of Media : Fresco. Masaccio painted “The Tribute Money” which was one of his frescos.

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art criticism

Art Criticism

By: Vaidehi Patel

the tribute money1
The Tribute Money
  • Artist name: Masaccio
  • Date: 1401-1428
  • Place: Brancacci Chapel, Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence, Italy
type of media fresco
Type of Media : Fresco
  • Masaccio painted “The Tribute Money” which was one of his frescos.
  • Fresco is one type of mural painting.
  • It uses chiaroscuro techniques which are present in Trinity; the story of “The Tribute Money” is told in three separate scenes within the same fresco.
  • This technique of telling an entire story in one painting is called a continuous narrative or a linear perspective.
the story of the continuous narrative
The Story of the Continuous Narrative
  • A Roman tax collector (in the short orange tunic) demands tax from Jesus (in the pink robe and a blue wrap) and the devotees who don’t have money. Christ told St.Peter (in the turquoise robe and gold wrap) “Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”

Scene #2

Scene #1

Scene #3

  • I see people, mountains, building, trees, sand, and pond in the artwork.
  • Elements of design:
  • Lines: straight, curvy, long, zigzag, wavy
  • Shapes: circle, square, rectangle, trapezoid, circle, oval
  • Colors: greyscale colors, earth tones, bright colors like yellow, red, and pink
  • Values: the sky is gloomy , and it gets brighter as it focuses or moves on to the people
  • Textures: Smooth ground, silky clothing, rough building and mountains
  • The emphasis or the focal point of the artwork is the Roman tax collector in red because he is in the center of the fresco ,and he is wearing a red robe which is very eye catching.
  • The mood the artist creates is serious, since he uses greyscale colors and reds and pinks.
  • I think that the proportion looks unusual because it’s a triplet scenic fresco.
  • There are a few characters repeated. St. Peter in the turquoise robe and gold wrap is repeated thrice in this art piece. The tax collector in short red robe is also repeated twice.
  • The mountains and the people pointing create movement.
  • There is a unity of people, yet there is also a variety since they are wearing different color clothing.
  • The dark sky makes the mood gloomy, however it changes into serious mood as we look at the crowd of people who look like they are discussing something important.
  • This artwork could relate to the events in the real world. For example, students were assigned homework, but they didn’t do it. Later, the teacher asks for the homework.
  • I believe that his artwork was a success because it has a unique type of composition, and it has three scenes combined in a fresco.
  • He uses a uses different style of colors, and he also uses trinity.
  • He could have a better texturalbackground, and better principles of color.

Use a variety of color tones

Improve background



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