Giovanni Volpato (1735-1803)
was an Italian engraver of
the 18th century.
He received his first training from his mother, an embroiderer, and
then studied under Giovanni
. While still young, however, he went to
Venice, where he received some instruction from Wagner
, and engraved several plates
, Marco Ricci
,and others. He worked some time
for the Duke of Parma, until a
plate from the Monument of Algarotti at
Pisa brought him wider notice.
, in 1771 recommended
him to move to Rome, where he gained fame for his engravings of
paintings and frescoes. He also
established a porcelain
factory that made
ceramic replicas of Greco-Roman originals to satisfy the longing
for antique art during the Neoclassic
period. One of his pupils was his son in law, Raffaello Morghen
. In Gavin Hamilton
employed him to engrave
several plates for his Schola Itálica Picturae
; and he was
the principal artist employed on the well-known set of colored
prints from the works of Raphael
Vatican. In Rome he founded a school of engraving, in which several
excellent artists received their education. He died in Rome.
I Burattini, c.
Among his plates for Gavin Hamilton are: