Born in Modena, he first apprenticed with Rafaello Rinaldi. He then worked in Rome with Panini and the Galli-Bibiena studio. He became a painter of stage sets for the theater in Modena and Perugia.
By 1735, he had moved to Venice and stayed till 1746, when he traveled to Germany, London (1744-48), and Madrid (1750-54). In London, he decorated the Richmond mansion of the director of the King's Theater at Haymarket, John James Heidegger.
He returned to Venice in 1754, where he became one of the founding members of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia.
He traveled to Naples in 1762, and stayed there until he died.(ask.ART)