Born in Alessandria on 5 October 1785, died in Milan on 18 April 1837. He was a very fruitful performer of miniatures, perspectives, historical paintings, landscapes; talented set designer, decorator and fresco painter. After studying intaglio with Luigi Zuccoli, he moved on to painting under the guidance of Albertolli and Bernardino Galliari, and, with the latter, he painted the scenes of the Carcano Theater in Milan in 1804. He then moved on to the Teatro alla Scala, of which he performed the scenes for four years. Falling ill, he had to abandon his post in 1810 and devoted himself to easel work and miniatures. Between 1825 and 1835 his fame spread everywhere and earned him commissions from all over. He traveled extensively through Italy, often stopping especially in Venice. Among the major works of this artist are mentioned: Carnival of Venice and Luigi X at the Castle of Barolo, in oil, and Interior of a church and two villages, all in the Civic Museum of Turin; Piazza del Pantheon in Rome, in the Carrara Academy of Bergamo; Interior of a convent and View of Venice, belonging to the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan; nine landscapes in the Pinacoteca of Turin; Prison of Francis I, in the Madrid Museum; Sant'Ambrogio in Milan, in the Munich Museum; Interior of a convent, in the Revoliella Museum in Trieste; some of the hundred scenes reproduced in squares, painted in collaboration with Galliari, in the Musco di Alessandria; Interior of a large country kitchen, in the Bottacin Museum in Padua; View of Porta Ticinese in Milan (watercolor), formerly owned by Romussi; Perspective with 18th century speckles and Interior (pen drawing), property of Count Barbiano di Belgiososo; View of the columns of San Lorenzo in Milan, in the Esengrini collection; A chapel in a cemetery, and La Cappella dei Pazzi in Florence, with ten other perspective paintings, in the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Milan, which also has six beautiful miniatures. In the Historical Archive of the same city there are two original watercolors for the illustrations of the "Poems" by Carlo Porta. The interior of the Milan Cathedral and the church of San Celso in Milan are owned by Bassi-Rathgeb of Bergamo. He was also an etcher of good workmanship. It is remarkable, in this form of art, the juxtaposition of him, in full neoclassical taste, with Canaletto and Guardi. Of a profound romantic spirit, the engraving Architectural view with figures from the Civic Museum of Padua is cited. Pupils of him were: Pompeo Calvi, Giovanni Battista Dell'Acqua, his daughter Teodolinda, Fed. Moja, L. Premazzi, Giovanni Renica. Angelo Moja was also influenced by it.


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