Giovanni Volpato was born in Bassano in 1733. Initially he worked as a stonemason, but then trained as an engraver. After working in Venice for a time, he made engravings of portraits based on paintings by sundry artists. In 1772, Volpato settled in Rome where he had a hand in carrying out the color engravings of Raphael’s frescoes in the Stanze at the Vatican. Volpato’s main contribution to the development of Neoclassical sculpture consisted of his establishment of a porcelain factory in Rome from 1786.