The Tribute Money (Titian)

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Cristo della moneta
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Artist Titian
Year c. 1516[1]
Medium oil on panel
Dimensions 75 cm × 56 cm (30 in × 22 in)
Location Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden

The Tribute Money (Italian: Cristo della moneta - literally Christ of the coin) is a c. 1516 oil painting by Titian, now held at the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden. It is signed "Ticianus F.[ecit]", painted on the trim of the Pharisee's collar. It depicts Christ and a Pharisee at the moment in the Gospels (Matthew 22:15-22, Mark 12:13-17, Luke 20:20-26) when Christ is shown a coin and says "Render unto Caesar..."[2][3] Giorgio Vasari thought the head of Christ the 'most stupendous and miraculous' thing painted by Titian and that all artists at the time believed it to be an insuperable achievement.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Der Zinsgroschen". Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Phillips, Claude. The Earlier Work of Titian. p. 46. 
  3. ^ Art and the Bible


  • Francesco Valcanover, L'opera completa di Tiziano, Rizzoli, Milano 1969.
  • Аlexander Medvedev, Tiziano’s «Denarius of Caesar» and F.M. Dostoevsky’s «The Grand Inquisitor»: on the Problem of Christian Art In: The Solovyov Research, 2011, № 3 (31), p. 79-90. [1]