DYCK, Sir Anthony van
(b. 1599, Antwerpen, d. 1641, London)

The Tribute Money

Oil on canvas, 115 x 103 cm
Private collection

Van Dyck's presentation of the story is based on a work by his great artistic hero, Titian. In fact, this canvas is one of the earliest examples of Van Dyck's emulation of Titian, whose work he would assiduously copy and collect for the rest of his career. Titian's Tribute Money also shows Christ being interrogated by two Pharisees in front of an open sky and a column.