Born into a poor family, Zocchi began his training in his native Florence. The Marchese Andrea Gerini became his patron when he was very young, sending him to further his studies in Venice, Milan, Bologna, and Rome.
The Marchese Andrea Gerini commissioned Zocchi to record all the famous Florentine landmarks, which he did in a series of drawings, now in New York's Pierpont Morgan Library. A number of engravers based their etchings on Zocchi's drawings into engravings, which were issued in two series in 1744. One series consists of 25 vedute under the title Scelta XXIV vedute delle principali contrade, piazze, chiese, e palazzi della citta di Firenze; the other series consists of 50 vedute under the title Vedute delle ville e di altri luoghi della Toscana. The latter was published by Giuseppe Allegrini and included engravings by Zocchi himself, as well as Johann Gottfried Seutter, Giuseppe Benedetti, Pietro Monaco, Joseph Wagner, Giuseppe Filosi, Marc'Antonio Corsi, Niccolò Mogalli, Philoté François Duflos, Michele Marieschi, Vincenzo Franceschini, Giuliano Giampiccoli, Johann Sebastian Müller, and Giovanni Battista Piranesi.
- Metropolitan Museum collections.
- Exhibition: Iconografia al tempo dei Riccardi at Palazzo Medici-Riccardi.
- Zocchi, Giuseppe, Vedute delle ville, e d'altri luoghi della Toscana, 1757. Internet Archive
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