Pietro Mocenigo

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

Pietro Mocenigo
Pietro Mocenigo
Doge of Venice
In office
14 December 1474 – 23 February 1476
Preceded byNicolo Marcello
Succeeded byAndrea Vendramin
Personal details
Venice, Republic of Venice
Died23 February 1476
Venice, Republic of Venice

He was one of the greatest Venetian admirals and revived the fortunes of the Venetian navy, which had fallen very low after the defeat at the Battle of Negroponte 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] Mocenigo was married to Laura Zorzi.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Cippico, Coriolano; Petkov, Kiril (2014). Kiril Petkov (ed.). The Deeds of Commander Pietro Mocenigo in Three Books (. 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
Political offices
Preceded by Doge of Venice
Succeeded by