DOGE GIOVANNI CORNARO, in the S.
Polo line of his family's Cornaro della Regina branch, was
elected 22 May 1709 as the fourth and last Doge of the Cornaro family.
Both his grandfather Doge Francesco Cornaro
(G-19) and great-grandfather Doge Giovanni Cornaro
(G-12) had preceded him in the office.
Giovanni was elected Senator, 1683, and Podestà [governor]
at Brescia, 1691. In his long career he served as a member of the Council
of Ten and held numerous other offices. Characterized as "a man of low
profile and political harmlessness," he was elected Doge in a compromise
move following a deadlock between the Diedo and Pisani parties.
Unfortunately, his reign occurred during the period when the implications
of Venice's long military and political decline were becoming manifest.
One of the most agonizing of the many adverse events of his tenure was
the loss of Morea to the Turks.
painting of Doge Giovanni Cornaro on this page, created by Giovanni
Battista Tiepolo for the Cornaro palace in
Campo S. Polo, is now displayed in the Egidio Martini Collection
at the Museo Ca' Rezzonico in Venice.