He trained as a fresco painter with Francesco Ferrari in Ferrara, then spent some time in Bologna, where he worked as an oil canvas painter under Carlo Cignani, at a time when Giacomo Parolini was also a pupil. He was a friend of the painter Baruffaldi. He is called the Leccardino and Laderchi recounts a small scandal when Scanavini painted a dog licking himself in a canvas, afterwards obscured, for the Oratory of San Crispino.
He is said to have died from melancholy from lack of payment for his work. Barotti quotes: "poverty and misfortune, who accompanied him wherever he went, were the reasons for his death".
- Fondazione Carife, Rinaldo and Armida painting. Archived 2014-03-18 at the Wayback Machine.
- Pitture e Scolture che si trovano nelle Chiese della Citta di Ferrara By Cesare Barotti, page 28.
- Camillo Laderchi (1856). La pittura ferrarese, memorie. Googlebooks. p. 178.
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