SEN. CATERINO ANTONIO CORNARO was the last surviving member of the Cornaro
della Regina family in its S. Cassiano line.
had an active public career, serving as capitano [military commander]
and Vice Podesta' [governor] of Padua, 1784-6. Later he was Provveditore
Generale [civilian military commander] at Padua. As the final inqusitor
of the Republic of Venice, he was arrested and imprisoned by Napoleon's
forces for having resisted the occupation of Venice by France, 12 May
1797. He was later released only upon payment of an enormous indemnity.
Sen. Caterino was the 13th and last Cornaro owner/manager of his family's
Andrea Palladio-designed Villa
Cornaro at Piombino Dese. There he acquired from his sixth cousins
their immediately adjacent Villa Cornaro
designed by Michele Sanmicheli. Thereupon,
he took the curious, even eccentric, step of razing the Sanmicheli villa
and constructing on its site a 30-meter extension of the eastern wing
of the Palladian villa. Fortunately, the absurd adumbration was removed
by a later owner of the villa.