Giacopo Antonio Venier

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Not to be confused with Antonio Venier (d. 1400), Doge of Venice.

Giacopo Antonio Venier (1422–1479) (called the Cardinal of Cuenca) was an Italian Roman Catholic bishop and cardinal.


Giacopo Antonio Venier was born in Recanati in 1422.[1]

After obtaining a doctorate in law, he moved to Rome to become a papal scriptor.[1] He later became a cleric in the Apostolic Camera.[1]

On September 15, 1460, Alfonso V of Aragon named him Bishop of Siracusa.[1] Pope Pius II confirmed this appointment on January 9, 1462.[1] On September 16, 1464, he was transferred to the see of León, with Venier taking possession of the bishopric on October 7.[1] He was consecrated as a bishop on December 22, 1465 in the church of Sant'Apollinare alle Terme Neroniane-Alessandrine in Rome by Cardinal Guillaume d'Estouteville, Archbishop of Rouen.[1]

Pope Paul II named Venier nuncio to Henry IV of Castile, who resent Venier to Rome as his ambassador.[1] In 1460, he became the pope's nuncio to Francesco I Sforza in Milan.[1]

He was transferred to the see of Cuenca on October 6, 1469, taking possession of the see on August 7, 1470.[1] He occupied this see until his death.[1]

In the consistory of May 7, 1473, Pope Sixtus IV made Venier a cardinal priest.[1] On May 10, 1473, he received the red hat in the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore; and on May 17, he received the titulus of Santi Vito, Modesto e Crescenzia (a deaconry raised pro illa vice to titulus).[1] He opted for the titular church of the Basilica di San Clemente on December 3, 1476.[1]

He died in Recanati on August 3, 1479.[1] He was transferred to Rome and buried in the Basilica di San Clemente on August 12, 1479.[1]


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