(1688–1782). Italian painter, engraver, architect, and theorist. He was born in Venice and trained as a painter with Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini. A volume of his drawings engraved by Vicenzo Mariotti d. 1734 was published as Iconographia della ducal basilica dell'Evangelista di S. Marco in 1726, and established his reputation. He was active as an engraver (see line engraving) from the late 1720s when Consul Joseph Smith commissioned him to produce prints after Canaletto, which were first published in 1735 as Prospectus magni canalis Venetiarum and published in an enlarged version by Giambattista Pasquali in 1742–54, as Urbis Venetiarum prospectus celebriores.
From The Oxford Companion to Western Art in Oxford Reference.