He began to follow his father at an early age when he was only 15 years old.
He did his first work, following his father and brother to Würzburg, where Prince-Bishop Charles-Philippe of Greiffenklau asked him to decorate his palace. A series of drawings attributed to him belong to this period.
On his return to Venice, he began to work as a portrait painter and tried his etching hand, which he mastered with great skill.
In 1761 he was included in a confraternity of Venetian painters, "la Fraglia". The following year he left Venice for Madrid for good, where he helped his father paint frescoes for Charles III; in 1768 he painted a ceiling for the palace and a portrait of the royal family. After his father's death (1770), he received a small annual pension from the Spanish royal family, which he lived on for the rest of his life.
Nine etchings remain from his engraving work.