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The Tribute Money Bernardo Strozzi (Il Cappucino; Il Prete Genovese)


Bernardo Strozzi (Il Cappucino; Il Prete Genovese) Genoa, 1581 – Venice, 1644

Alkotói korszak
Culture Italian
Date ca. 1630 and 1635
Object type painting
Medium, technique oil on canvas

158 × 225 cm

Inventory number 614
Collection Old Master Paintings
On view Museum of Fine Arts, First Floor, European Art 1600–1700 and British Painting 1600–1800, Gallery V

Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s,” Jesus replied to the Pharisees, who wanted to trick him into a subversive answer and asked him: “Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” (Matthew 22: 21 and 17) In this lively composition, painted after 1631, Strozzi contrasts Christ’s humble wisdom to the malicious curiosity of his opponents ready to retort. The Pharisee holding the coin seems to step into the picture from the viewer’s space, and the role of the little boy looking out is also to involve the viewer. The plebeian types and the dramatic handling of light on the one hand and full-blooded painterliness on the other prove that Caravaggio, Rubens and Venetian Cinquecento all played equally important roles in the development of Strozzi’s idiosyncratic style.”

Vilmos Tátrai

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