He moved to Rome in 1813 to study with various artists, including a colony of German artists, principally Peter von Cornelius and Johann Friedrich Overbeck. His First Council of the Apostles under the Presidency of St. Peter was painted in Rome. His Enthroned Madonna received two gold medals and a crown of laurel from the Pope. He restored Amico Aspertini's frescoes in the Basilica di San Frediano at Lucca with great skill. Ridolfi was an honorary member of the Dresden Academy.
- Saltini, Guglielmo Enrico (1862). Le Arti Belle in Toscana da mezzo il Secolo XVIII ai di Nostri (book). Florence, Italy: Tipografia Le Monnier. p. 55.
- Bryan, Michael (1889). Walter Armstrong & Robert Edmund Graves, ed. Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, Biographical and Critical (Volume II L-Z). York St. #4, Covent Garden, London; Original from Fogg Library, Digitized May 18, 2007: George Bell and Sons. p. 377.
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