Born in Villa Basilica, he is also called Il Lucchese. Initially training in Lucca with Domenico Ferrucci, he moved for over a decade (1655–67) to Florence, to work with Felice Ficherelli and Baldassare Franceschini. He returned to Lucca for seven years, and then moved back to Florence, where he worked for under first Strozzi, then Medici patronage. In 1683 he was admitted to the Accademia dell'Arte del Disegno. He died in Florence. His paintings have the porcelain crispness of design, characteristic of Carlo Dolci; and some the sensuality of a Francesco Furini.
He also published a text on the practice and materials of painting titled: La Teorica della Pittura. It was dedicated to the Cavaliere Francesco Niccolo Gabburri. It also regales observations on prior and contemporary Italian painters.
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- La Teorica della Pittura ovvero Trattato delle Materie piu Necessarie per apprendere con fondamento Quest'Arte, by Antonio Franchi Lucchese, Publisher: Salvatore e Giandomenico Marescandoli, Florence (1739).
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