Giovanni Benedetto Ponsi was born near Lucca in 1697; in 1728, he moved to Rome, where he frequented the studios of Benedetto Lutti, Francesco Trevisani, and Sebastiano Conca. In 1741, he returned to his home city, where according to archival sources he developed a fervent artistic activity – which remains the object of study until the present day – in all forms of painting.