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(b Piacenza, 17 June 1691; d Rome, 21 Oct. 1765). Italian painter. He trained as a quadraturista and stage designer in Piacenza, then in 1711 settled in Rome. Initially he worked mainly as a fresco decorator, but he became the pre-eminent painter of real and imaginary views of the city—something of a counterpart to Canaletto in Venice (both of them produced much of their output for visitors making the Grand Tour).

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)