Ricci was one of the most successful Venetian artists of his generation. His colourful, theatrical painting was inspired by the work of Paolo Veronese and also reflected the influence of artistic developments in Rome and Bologna. He enjoyed an international reputation and travelled extensively, working in Parma, Rome, Florence, Vienna and London. He spent five years in London (1712-16) working for a number of important and influential patrons, such as Lord Burlington and the Duke of Portland. Ricci hoped to paint the dome of St Paul's Cathedral but returned to Venice when the commission was given to the English artist Sir James Thornhill.