Andrea Cornaro (cardinal)

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Andrea Cornaro (1511–1551) was an Italian Roman Catholic bishop and cardinal.


A member of the House of Cornaro, Andrea Cornaro was born in Venice on December 18, 1511, the son of Giacomo Cornaro.[1] He was the nephew of Cardinals Marco Cornaro and Francesco Cornaro, and a cousin of Cardinals Luigi Cornaro and Federico Cornaro.[1]

On March 13, 1532, he was elected Bishop of Brescia.[1] He was appointed administrator of the diocese until he reached the canonical age of 30; he thereafter occupied the see until his death.[1] In 1534, he became a cleric in the Apostolic Camera.[1]

Pope Paul III made him a cardinal deacon in the consistory of December 19, 1544.[1] He received the red hat and the deconry of San Teodoro on January 9, 1545.[1]

As cardinal, he attended a few sessions of the Council of Trent.[1] He was also a participant in the papal conclave of 1549-50 that elected Pope Julius III.[1] The new pope made Cardinal Cornaro papal legate in Viterbo and the Patrimonium Sancti Petri.[1] On June 27, 1550, he opted for the deaconry of Santa Maria in Domnica.[1]

A scholar, he published two pastoral works, De statu praelatorium and De residentia episcoporum.[1] Seven volumes of his letters in Latin and two volumes in the Venetian language were also published.[1]

He died in Rome on January 30, 1551.[1] He was initially buried in the Basilica di Sant'Agostino.[1] His remains were later transferred to Venice and buried in the family tomb in San Salvador.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Entry from Biographical Dictionary of the Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church