From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
He received his first training from his mother, an embroiderer, and then studied under Giovanni Antonio Remondini. While still young, he went to Venice where he received some instruction from Wagner and Bartolozzi, and engraved several plates after Piazzetta, Mariotto, Amiconi, Zuccarelli, Marco Ricci and others. He worked for some time for the Duke of Parma, until a plate of the Monument of Algarotti at Pisa brought him wider notice. In 1771, his patron Girolamo Zulian recommended him to move to Rome, where he founded a school of engraving and gained a reputation for his series of plates after the frescoes of the Raphael Rooms and Loggias in the Vatican (1770-1777). Some of these plates were hand-colored and did not necessarily reproduce the actual design or subjects of the Loggias' vaults and pilasters. He also established a porcelain factory that made ceramic replicas of Greco-Roman originals to satisfy the longing for antique art during the Neoclassic period. One of his pupils was his son in law, Raffaello Morghen. Gavin Hamilton employed him to engrave several plates for his Schola Itálica Picturae.
Among his plates for Gavin Hamilton are:
- Marriage of Alexander and Roxana.
- The four Sibyls; after Raphael.
- Perseus and Andromeda; after Polidoro da Caravaggio
- Modesty ami Vanity; after Leonardo da Vinci.
- Christ praying at the Mount; after Correggio.
- Feast in the house of Simon; after Paolo Veronese
- The Marriage of Cana; after Tintoretto.
- Gamblers after Michelangelo da Caravaggio.