Francesco Rosaspina

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Theater del Corso, Bologna
Portrait of Giuseppe Parini by Francesco Rosaspina

Francesco Rosaspina (1762-1841) was an Italian engraver and painter.


He was born in Monte Scudolo, near Rimini. His father, Giovanni Battista, was a notary and a magistrate by profession. As an infant, his parents moved to Bologna. His initial training in engraving was with Giovanni Fabbri. He emulated the style of Francesco Bartolozzi, with dense crosshatching. He gained many commissions to engrave copies of local works of art. This led to a work titled "The Gallery of Bologna," with engravings by him, his brother, and his pupils, of over a hundred of the paintings at the Pinacoteca.

He was named a docent at the Accademia Clementina and became a friend of Andrea Appiani, Giovanni Battista Bodoni, and Giuseppe Zauli.[1] His pupils include pupils Pietro Tomba, Giuseppe Asioli, Antonio Marchi, Spagnuoli, Luigi Martelli, L. Paradisi, and Gaetano Guadagnini. The latter replaced him as professor at the Bolognese Academy.


  1. ^ Scuola di Disegno Tommasso Minardi biographies of professors.