This fresco is considered the best. Sometimes it is called “post.”
This episode Masaccio took the Gospel. Christ with his apostles traveled to different cities. Once they come in Kaperanum. Before entering, it was required to pay only a single piece of money. But absolutely no money came. Christ ordered Peter. We had to catch a fish, and then out of it to get the coveted piece of money.
Many researchers have wondered why Masaccio decided to include this subject in its cycle of frescoes. This episode has been interpreted in different ways. It seems that the artist specifically emphasizes the legitimacy of such taxes. The plot was included in the cycle of frescoes because it was at this time there were disputes about tax reform. The inventory, which established the taxation in a fairer form, was adopted in 1427.
All figures are lined up. Group forms a semi-circle of the apostles. According to researchers, it clearly comes from the ancient times. In ancient times as portrayed Socrates and his disciples. Then, as depictions of Jesus in early Christian art. Later, the circle has become a symbol of completeness and perfection.
Each character is unique. The viewer sees a bright incarnation of the character. All figures are dressed in tunics, as in the days of antiquity. One Peter took his tunic, as afraid of her dirty during fishing. All characters pose like statues posture.
Masaccio by chance used rarely found the plot. The composition is designed so that the effect seems to be continuous. Rich colors are striking.
It really is the best creation of Masaccio.