The Tribute Money

Tizian (c. 1488/90-1576) | Painter


The subject here is the provocative question posed by the Pharisees as to whether it is right to pay taxes to the Emperor in Rome. Christ cleverly avoided the trap by asking for a coin bearing a portrait of the Emperor and saying, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s”. The young Titian focused on the contrast between the confident Christ and the perfidious Pharisee. The painting was intended for the door of the Duke of Ferrara’s famous coin collection.

Material & Technique
Oil on poplar panel
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
c. 1516
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. 169