He was active in his native Bologna, where he was a pupil of Antonio Dardani. He painted frescoes in the Basilica of San Domenico in Bologna, as well as the cupola of the church of the Madonna della Guardia, and the gallery of the Ranuzzi Palace in Bologna. He also painted in the Palazzo Aldrovandi. He also painted for the Madonna del Soccorso. The Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna includes two paintings by him: Convito di Baldassarre and Solomon burns the idols. Followers or pupils of Bigari include Francesco Gadi, Francesco Chiozzi, and Emilio Manfredi.
- Bryan, Michael (1886). Robert Edmund Graves, ed. Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, Biographical and Critical (Volume I: A-K). London; Original from Fogg Library, Digitized May 18, 2007: George Bell and Sons. p. 126.
- Farquhar, Maria (1855). Ralph Nicholson Wornum, ed. Biographical Catalogue of the Principal Italian Painters. London; Digitized by Googlebooks from Oxford University copy on Jun 27, 2006: Woodfall & Kinder. p. 26.
- Convito di Baldassare
- Salomone incense gli idoli
- Annali della città di Bologna dalle sua origine, 1796, Volume 8, page 738.
- Guida del forestiere per la città di Bologna e suoi sobborghi By Girolamo Bianconi, page 511.
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