Giacopo Antonio Venier

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

Giacopo Antonio Venier
Cardinal-Priest of San Clemente
ChurchCatholic Church
In office1476–1479
PredecessorBartolomeo Roverella
SuccessorDomenico della Rovere
Consecration22 Dec 1465
by Guillaume Cardinal d'Estouteville
Created cardinal17 May 1473
RankCardinal Priest
Personal details
Recanati, Italy
Died3 Aug 1479 (age 57)
Cuenca, Spain
Previous postCardinal-Priest of Santi Vito, Modesto e Crescenzia (1473–1476)
Bishop of Cuenca (1469–1479)
Bishop of León (1464–1469)
Bishop of Siracusa (1462–1464)


Giacopo Antonio Venier was born in Recanati in 1422.[1][2] 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]

While bishop, he was the principal consecrator of Alfonso de Fonseca, Bishop of Ávila (1470).[2]


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Pablo de Santafé
Bishop of Siracusa
Succeeded by
Andrea Tolomei
Preceded by
Juan de Torquemada (cardinal)
Bishop of León
Succeeded by
Rodrigo de Vergara
Preceded by
Lope de Barrientos
Bishop of Cuenca
Succeeded by
Raffaele Sansone Riario
Preceded by
Rinaldo Brancaccio
Cardinal-Priest of Santi Vito, Modesto e Crescenzia
Succeeded by
Giovanni Battista Savelli
Preceded by
Bartolomeo Roverella
Cardinal-Priest of San Clemente
Succeeded by
Domenico della Rovere