Carbone was born in Genoa and baptised in the church of San Martino d’Albaro on 12 May 1616. He initially learned his trade in the workshop of Giovanni Andrea De Ferrari, where his presence is documented in the late 1620s and early ’30s. He was well-known as a portrait painter, drawing especially in his works on masters like Domenico Fiasella, Orazio de Ferrari and Jan Roos. Van Dyck was, however, to prove the major influence all through his career. Carbone lived from 1651 to 1657 in Venice, where he improved his artistic culture and continued to paint portraits. This activity, to which he owed his fame, reached his peak in the 1660s. He died on 11 March 1683 and was buried in the Sanctuary of Nostra Signora del Monte.