Marco Boschini, Venetian, was born on 5 October 1602 from his parents Zuan Antonio and Leonora. After his literary studies in the capital of Padua, he learned art at a young age, starting with painting by working in the workshop of Jacopo Palma il Giovane and then moving on to the engraving at Odoardo Fialetti.
In 1629 he settled in Venice in calle del Figher in San Marcuola, where in addition to buying a house he also established his workshop; in 1635 he married Felice Bocchi from whose marriage several children were born, two of which were male. The portrait of Doge Francesco Erizzo dates back to these years, which takes up the pictorial work of Bernardo Strozzi.
He spends his life almost entirely in Venice, frequenting Padua, Vicenza and Treviso as well as the cities of Trieste, Modena, Parma, Cremona and Bologna, for work and professional contacts. Starting from 1635, it is recognized for a Tariff for the exchange of foreign shields - where the carving of the various coins is engraved - in addition to the engraving depicting the first dogal procession visiting the Temple of the Basilica of the Virgin Mary of Health, designed by Boschini in accordance with to the model of Baldassarre Longhena.
In 1644 his skills as an illustrator were highlighted in a small volume of scenic equipment designed by Giacomo Torelli for the Teatro Nuovissimo in Venice, starting in the same year an activity as a cartographer which gave numerous acclaim; this is further confirmed by the 61 geographical maps in The whole kingdom of Candia of 1651 and those in The archipelago with all the islands..., of 1658. It engraves the Map of Dalmatia and Albania and the Perspective Map of the Certosa Island in 1646 and publishes Le Glorie de gli Incogniti, a series of engraved portraits of Venetian nobles.
If there are many precious engraving works that have reached our days, the same cannot be said of the pictorial ones even though we are aware of a Last Supper in the church of San Girolamo in Venice and of various paintings in churches and private collections in the Padua area.
Among the other activities he carried out - illuminator, draftsman, restorer, copyist - he certainly distinguished himself as a merchant, in particular in the lagoon painting market; numerous times he worked alongside Pietro della Vecchia, making estimates and appraisals in private collections that he knew like no other and was a consultant for various collectors, including Cardinal Leopoldo de 'Medici. Thanks to his historiographical culture, today he is considered the most important Venetian art writer of the 17th century; among his writings, we note: the Carta del Navegar pitoresco dedicated to Archduke Leopoldo Guglielmo d'Asburgo, an exchange of views between a Venetian senator, recognizable as Giovanni Nani da San Trovaso, and a "professor de Pitura" attributable to Boschini himself, in which the encounters between Venetian and non-Venetian artists are described, including Pietro da Cortona and Velàzquez.
Boschini's literary career continues with the publication, in 1664, of a guide on the heritage of Venetian churches and palaces, The mines of Venetian painting which was then re-edited ten years later tracing the Venetian pictorial historiography from the beginning of the seventeenth century to his times. In 1670, together with Giacomo Zatoni, he published La Regata, unico cimento maritimo a l’uso venezian, Rapresentà el presente Ano sul gran Canal de Venezia in honor del’Ilustrisima Ecelenza del Sig. Cavalier Don Sebastian Cortizzos del’Ordene de Calatrava while you were years later he opens the discussion to the Venetian territories by publishing The Picturesque Jewels of Vicenza and by executing the Map of the Vicentine Territory starting from a drawing by Angelo Zanovello.
He died in his home in Venice on January 1st 1681.