of the mighty Cornaro family line the Grand Canal in the S. Marco
more than 1,000 years the Cornaro family commissioned the artists
and architects of Venice to create palaces, chapels and church art,
villas, paintings and theaters. Its male lines are extinct now in
the Veneto, but the family found immortality in the art with which
it endowed posterity.
The art they commissioned and acquired opens a window to the long
history and rich artistic fabric of La Serenissima, the Most Serene
Venice, visit the legacy of the Cornaros:
"Who can be found who does not know that the House of Cornaro is
the greatest of the world? The House of Cornaro, is it not everywhere?"
(Il Ruzante, 1521)