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Assereto, Gioacchino

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI:
Assereto, Gioacchino

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Italian, 17th century, male.

Born 1600, in Genoa; died 28 July 1649, in Genoa.


Genoese School.

A pupil of Luciano Borzone and Andrea Ansaldo. He may have visited Rome as a young man, but it is certain that he travelled there in 1639. His work was perhaps influenced for a time by that of Bernardo Strozzi and Cerano, but it was the painting of Caravaggio and Velázquez that made the strongest and most lasting impression. Formal simplification by means of bold use of chiaroscuro points undeniably to Caravaggio, although Assereto by no means sacrifices his own originality. His draughtsmanship is strong and decisive - to the point of being almost brutal - and his palette is curiously metallic, no doubt in a bid to enhance reflected light effects....

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Subjects: Painting ; Renaissance Art

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