Mainly working in Venice, statues by him can be found in the churches of Santa Maria Formosa, I Gesuiti, Santa Maria di Nazareth and San Stae among others. The side walls of the Manin Chapel at Udine have stone high-reliefs by him showing scenes from the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He also founded a notable studio, which was kept going after his death by his grandchildren Giuseppe Bernardi and Giovanni Ferrari, whose students included Antonio Canova.
- Venice:guide to sculpture from the origins to the 20th century by Renzo Salvadori, Toto Bergamo Rossi "Giuseppe Torretto also did the bas-relief with the Descent from the Cross on the antependium of the high altar and the marble Crucifix in the Foscarini chapel (on the left)".
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