Marco Barbarigo

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Marco Barbarigo (c. 1413 – August 1486) was the 73rd Doge of Venice from 1485 until 1486.

Barbarigo was elected as Doge of Venice in September 1485 to succeed Doge Giovanni Mocenigo, who was possibly poisoned. Marco died in August 1486, less than a year after becoming Doge, probably in a dispute between nobles. He was succeeded as Doge by Agostino Barbarigo, his brother.

His dogaressa was Lucia Ruzzini (d. 1496), described as a hypochondriac but talented beauty.[1] His brother was Agostino Barbarigo. The two are the namesakes of the Master of the Barbarigo Reliefs, who was responsible for the creation of their tomb.

Popular culture[edit]

  • He appears in the video game Assassin's Creed II as a villain, and one of the main character's assassination targets. Barbarigo is depicted as being a puppet of the Knights Templar maestro Rodrigo Borgia, and his ally, the Council of Ten member Carlo Grimaldi, kills Doge Giovanni Mocenigo in order to allow Barbarigo to take over Venice for the Templars. He was killed while holding a speech on a boat during Carnevale by a member of the rival Assassin Order, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, with a hidden gun. His bodyguard, Dante Moro (whose wife he took as one of his lovers after stabbing Moro in the head with a spear) would be killed later. Also depicted in the game are his fictional cousins Emilio Barbarigo, - the Merchant Guild leader and a man who sought to unite the merchants under his banner -, and Silvio Barbarigo - the Il Rosso of the Council of Ten under his rule and a jealous man who later dies while attempting to flee Venice with Dante Moro.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Staley, Edgcumbe: The dogaressas of Venice : The wifes of the doges. London : T. W. Laurie
Political offices
Preceded by
Giovanni Mocenigo
Doge of Venice
1485–1486
Succeeded by
Agostino Barbarigo