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Gioacchino Assereto (Italian, 1600 - 1649)

The Lamentation

The Lamentation

c. 1640
oil on canvas
50 x 62 in.

Purchased with funds from The Cummer Council, AP.1988.1.1

This dramatic tableau was meant to fulfill the Counter-Reformation Catholic Church's doctrine that art was to "sting the heart," making the viewer see and feel every aspect of the life and death of Christ. Here, the greatly foreshortened pallid body of Christ forms a diagonal that draws the viewer into the midst of the emotional scene, completing the circle of mourners. The play of dark shadows and bright highlights over the surface of the painting theatrically intensifies the sorrow-filled moment. Gioacchino Assereto's Lamentation depicts Christ descended from the Cross and laid upon a cloth on the ground. Mourning him are the Virgin Mary who is near his head, Mary Magdalene who kisses his hand in a penitent gesture, and St. John the Evangelist who holds the crown of thorns.

Assereto worked in Genoa, Italy and specialized in painting religious subjects. He visited Rome in 1639 where he experienced firsthand the burgeoning interest in realism. This work is one of the very few paintings by Assereto found outside of Italy. Most of his paintings are still in the churches and palazzi for which they were originally commissioned.

Visitor's Comments:

"It depicts mother and child relationship and how a mother genuinely loves her son." – anonymous

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Italian
Permanent Art Life Span: 
1600 - 1649
Catalog Number: 
AP.1988.1.1
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Gioacchino
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Assereto
Permanent Image: 
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1640
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This dramatic tableau was meant to fulfill the Counter-Reformation Catholic Church's doctrine that art was to "sting the heart," making the viewer see and feel every aspect of the life and death of Christ. Here, the greatly foreshortened pallid body of Christ forms a diagonal that draws the viewer into the midst of the emotional scene, completing the circle of mourners. The play of dark shadows and bright highlights over the surface of the painting theatrically intensifies the sorrow-filled moment. Gioacchino Assereto's Lamentation depicts Christ descended from the Cross and laid upon a cloth on the ground. Mourning him are the Virgin Mary who is near his head, Mary Magdalene who kisses his hand in a penitent gesture, and St. John the Evangelist who holds the crown of thorns.

Assereto worked in Genoa, Italy and specialized in painting religious subjects. He visited Rome in 1639 where he experienced firsthand the burgeoning interest in realism. This work is one of the very few paintings by Assereto found outside of Italy. Most of his paintings are still in the churches and palazzi for which they were originally commissioned.

Permanent Gift: 
Purchased with funds from The Cummer Council
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"It depicts mother and child relationship and how a mother genuinely loves her son." – <strong>anonymous</strong>
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This dramatic tableau was meant to fulfill the Counter-Reformation Catholic Church's doctrine that art was to "sting the heart," making the viewer see and feel every aspect of the life and death of Christ. Here, the greatly foreshortened pallid body of Christ forms a diagonal that draws the viewer into the midst of the emotional scene, completing the circle of mourners. The play of dark shadows and bright highlights over the surface of the painting theatrically intensifies the sorrow-filled moment. Gioacchino Assereto's Lamentation depicts Christ descended from the Cross and laid upon a cloth on the ground. Mourning him are the Virgin Mary who is near his head, Mary Magdalene who kisses his hand in a penitent gesture, and St. John the Evangelist who holds the crown of thorns.

Assereto worked in Genoa, Italy and specialized in painting religious subjects. He visited Rome in 1639 where he experienced firsthand the burgeoning interest in realism. This work is one of the very few paintings by Assereto found outside of Italy. Most of his paintings are still in the churches and palazzi for which they were originally commissioned.

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Permanent Gift: 
Purchased with funds from The Cummer Council
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Permanent Quote: 
"It depicts mother and child relationship and how a mother genuinely loves her son." – <strong>anonymous</strong>
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Permanent Art Location: 
Italian
Permanent Art Life Span: 
1600 - 1649
Catalog Number: 
AP.1988.1.1
Permanent Artist First Name: 
Gioacchino
Permanent Artist Last Name: 
Assereto
Permanent Image: 
Add "c."?: 
Yes
Permanent Year: 
1640
Permanent Period: 
17th Century European Baroque Art
Permanent Material: 
oil on canvas<BR />50 x 62 in.

This dramatic tableau was meant to fulfill the Counter-Reformation Catholic Church's doctrine that art was to "sting the heart," making the viewer see and feel every aspect of the life and death of Christ. Here, the greatly foreshortened pallid body of Christ forms a diagonal that draws the viewer into the midst of the emotional scene, completing the circle of mourners. The play of dark shadows and bright highlights over the surface of the painting theatrically intensifies the sorrow-filled moment. Gioacchino Assereto's Lamentation depicts Christ descended from the Cross and laid upon a cloth on the ground. Mourning him are the Virgin Mary who is near his head, Mary Magdalene who kisses his hand in a penitent gesture, and St. John the Evangelist who holds the crown of thorns.

Assereto worked in Genoa, Italy and specialized in painting religious subjects. He visited Rome in 1639 where he experienced firsthand the burgeoning interest in realism. This work is one of the very few paintings by Assereto found outside of Italy. Most of his paintings are still in the churches and palazzi for which they were originally commissioned.

Permanent Gift: 
Purchased with funds from The Cummer Council
Permanent Quote: 
"It depicts mother and child relationship and how a mother genuinely loves her son." – <strong>anonymous</strong>
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