He was born in Montabone near Acqui. He said to have been a pupil of Lorenzo Sabbatini. He started painting in Milan, then worked in Pavia, where he was made a citizen. He also painted in Casale, Novara, Vercelli, Alessandria, and Turin, and Genoa
His best work, Deposition from the Cross is at the church of San Gaudenzio, Novara. He also painted for the cupola of the dome of San Paolo in Novara. He painted for the Church of the Conventuali in Moncalvo. He painted a St. Anthony Abbot with St Paul for the church of Sant'Antonio Abate in Milan. He painted in the Sacro Monte di Crea. He was a collaborator in some works with Gaudenzio Ferrari. Daniele Crespi and Giorgio Alberino were among his pupils, as was his daughter, Orsola. He painted in oil a St. Peter for the Chiesa della Croce, St. Theresa for the church of the Trinity, both in Turin, and a Deposition for the church of San Gaudenzio at Novara. At Moncalvo, the church of the Conventuali has numerous works by him; at Chieri, he painted the Raising of Lazarus' and the Miracle of the Loaves.
- 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. 207.
- Lanzi, Luigi (1847). Thomas Roscoe (translator), ed. History of Painting in Italy; From the Period of the Revival of the Fine Arts to the End of the Eighteenth Century. III. London; Original from Oxford University, Digitized January, 2007: Henry G. Bohn. pp. 299–301.
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