Andrea Cornaro (cardinal)
A member of the House of Cornaro, Andrea Cornaro was born in Venice on December 18, 1511, the son of Giacomo Cornaro. He was the nephew of Cardinals Marco Cornaro and Francesco Cornaro, and a cousin of Cardinals Luigi Cornaro and Federico Cornaro.
On March 13, 1532, he was elected Bishop of Brescia. He was appointed administrator of the diocese until he reached the canonical age of 30; he thereafter occupied the see until his death. In 1534, he became a cleric in the Apostolic Camera.
As cardinal, he attended a few sessions of the Council of Trent. He was also a participant in the papal conclave of 1549-50 that elected Pope Julius III. The new pope made Cardinal Cornaro papal legate in Viterbo and the Patrimonium Sancti Petri. On June 27, 1550, he opted for the deaconry of Santa Maria in Domnica.
A scholar, he published two pastoral works, De statu praelatorium and De residentia episcoporum. Seven volumes of his letters in Latin and two volumes in the Venetian language were also published.