A painter, engraver and etcher from Bologna, Bonasone was active in Bologna and Rome. He made prints after Michelangelo, Raphael, Parmigianino, Polidoro da Caravaggio, Perino, Giulio Romano, and Titian. He also created prints from his own designs of mythological and devotional subjects. His plates were published by Salamanca, Barlacchi and Lafreri. Bonasone's important print series include the Amorosi diletti degli Dei, the Passio Domini Nostri Iesu Christi and the Amori, sdegni e gelosie di Giunone.