(b Stradella, Pavia, 1723; d Parma, 1803).
Italian painter, also active in France. He studied painting in
Florence under the Baroque fresco painter Vincenzo Meucci
(1694–1766). He then went to Parma, where he won the esteem of Duke
Philip, the Bourbon ruler of Parma, and the protection of Philip’s
minister, Guillaume Du Tillot, who made Baldrighi court artist and
sent him to Paris for further training, hoping thereby to bring
refined French taste to the court of Parma. The painter was able to
study and work with artists such as François Boucher,
Maurice-Quentin de La Tour, Jean-Marc Nattier, Jean-Etienne Liotard
and Jean-Baptiste Perroneau. Letters between Du Tillot and the
banker Claude Bonnet, who represented the interests of the Parma
court in Paris, have proved a rich source of information for
Baldrighi’s stay in Paris, and indeed one of the artist’s first
works was a portrait of Mme Bonnet (1752), followed a year later by
the portrait of Count G. A. Sanvitale in Arcadian Dress
(Fontanellato, Mus. Rocca Sanvitale). These works were much admired
by the French, and Bonnet asked Baldrighi to suggest an architect to
send to Parma. The choice fell on Ennemond-Alexandre Petitot.
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