Pietro Mocenigo

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Coat of arms of Pietro Mocenigo

Pietro Mocenigo (1406–1476) was doge of Venice from 1474 to 1476.

He was one of the greatest Venetian admirals and revived the fortunes of his country's navy, which had fallen very low after the defeat at Negropont in 1470. In 1472, he captured and destroyed Smyrna; the following year he placed Catherine Cornaro, queen of Cyprus, under Venetian protection, and, by that means, the republic obtained possession of the island in 1475. He then defeated the Turks who were besieging Scutari, (now Shkodër), but he there contracted an illness of which he died. He was interred in the Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo, a traditional burial place of the doges, with an elaborate tomb by Pietro Lombardo (illustration).

Coriolano Cippico (Koriolan Cipiko) (1425–93), one of Mocenigo's galley commanders, wrote a description of the campaign of 1474/75, providing an eye-witness account of Christian-Ottoman confrontations in the late fifteenth century.[1]

Tomb of Pietro Mocenigo, by Tullio & Pietro Lombardo

Mocenigo was married to Laura Zorzi.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cippico, Coriolano; Petkov, Kiril (2014). The Deeds of Commander Pietro Mocenigo in Three Books (English translation). Italica Pr. ISBN 978-1-59910-295-5. 
  2. ^ Staley, Edgcumbe: The dogaressas of Venice : The wives of the doges. London : T. W. Laurie
Military offices
Preceded by
Venetian captain general
? – 1474
Succeeded by
Triadan Gritti
Political offices
Preceded by
Nicolo Marcello
Doge of Venice
Succeeded by
Andrea Vendramin