(bapt Rome, May 8, 1663; d Rome, Dec 24, 1748).
Italian painter. At the age of 15 he was a pupil of Giuseppe Passeri in Rome and afterwards lived for a decade in northern Italy, especially in Turin. After returning to Rome he studied geometry and perspective with Andrea Pozzo. His style was first based on that of Carlo Maratti, but without the monumentality and tempered by the influence of Benedetto Luti; then he became a strong exponent of the Rococo, as can be seen in a series of light and charming decorations in Roman churches.
In 1691–3 Cerruti painted the figures in landscapes by other painters on the walls of some rooms in the Palazzo della Cancelleria, Rome, in a decorative scheme (destr.) commissioned by Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni. In 1697 he executed the Birth of the Virgin (Ponza, Santa Trinità), painted for S Venanzio ed Ansuino (destr.). He participated in the decoration of the ground-floor Sala delle Ninfe of the Palazzo Ruspoli, Rome, in ...