Born in the town of Stradella, in Lombardy, Giuseppe Baldrighi initially trained with an unknown painter in Naples, where his family lived. By 1750, he was recruited into the Accademia Clementina of Bologna. He was the recruited to Parma, perhaps due to his skill at miniature paintings by Du Tillot, minister of Philip of Bourbon, and sent to study in Paris from 1752 to 1756. Here, he likely encountered François Boucher, Maurice Quentin de La Tour, Joseph Duplessis, Joseph Duplessis, and Alexandre-François Desportes, and became known for his watercolors and portraits. His portraits include that of duchess Louise Elizabeth, now Museo Glauco Lombardi in Parma and a Portrait of Jacopo Sanvitale in Pastoral Dress in the Rocca of Fontanellato, and a portrait of Roman Charity for the Museum of Angers.
In 1756 he became professor of the Academy of Fine Arts, and painter to the court of Parma. He actively painted for the Ducal family portraits and a Triumph of the Faith for the chapel of Colorno Palace in 1777. He died in Parma in 1803.
- Biography for Goya exhibition
- Fiere, lupi e cavalli: il bestiario dipinto di Giuseppe Baldrighi L'omaggio al pittore nel bicentenario della morte (Stradella 1722 - Parma 1803).
- Exhibit in Parma.
- Bryan, Michael (1886). Robert Edmund Graves, ed. Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, Biographical and Critical (Volume I: A-K). York St. #4, Covent Garden, London; Original from Fogg Library, Digitized May 18, 2007: George Bell and Sons. p. 72.
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