Gioacchino Assereto

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Gioacchino Assereto (1600 – 28 June 1649) was an Italian painter of the early Baroque period, active in Genoa.

Gioacchino Assereto, David with the Head of Goliath.

He initially apprenticed with Luciano Borzone and later Giovanni Andrea Ansaldo. He painted two vault frescoes in the church of Santissima Annunziata del Vastato: David and Abimelech and Santi Giovanni and Pietro healing the lame. He also shows the influence of Bernardo Strozzi, a tenebrism moderated by venetian coloristic effects and garbing the subjects in modern peasant garb, in paintings such as Moses obtaining water from the Rock (Prado Museum, Madrid). Orazio de’ Ferrari may have worked with Assereto in Ansaldo’s studio.

Paintings by Gioacchino Assereto can also be seen at the Detroit Institute of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest,Hungary.



  • Raffaele Soprani, "Le vite de pittori, scoltori et architetti genovesi", pp. 167–173, Genova, 1674.
  • Roberto Longhi, "L'Assereto", in "Dedalo", VII, p. 362, 1926.
  • Tiziana Zennaro, "Sull'attività giovanile di Gioacchino Assereto", in "Paragone", n. 549, Novembre 1995.
  • Camillo Manzitti, "Gioacchino Assereto: tangenze giovanili con Bernardo Strozzi e nuove testimonianze figurative", in "Paragone", n. 61, 2005.