A pupil of Donato Creti, Graziani was also strongly influenced by Monti and Pasinelli. He typifies the continuing allegiance in eighteenth century Bologna to the native classicism of the seventeenth century. In March 1727 he was enrolled at the Accademia Clementina. The works of the last few years increased Graziani's prestige among his colleagues and new generations. It is no coincidence that on the death of Torelli Ubaldo Gandolfi will choose to conduct his apprenticeship at Graziani’s workshop. In 1727 the artist was elected director of the Accademia Clementina, together with Creti and other painters, and in 1730 he became its prince. Graziani was still director in the years 1733, 1735, 1741, 1746, 1762, 1764, and again elected prince in 1751.