Giovanni Mocenigo

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Portrait of Mocenigo by Gentile Bellini (1480)

Giovanni Mocenigo (* around 1409 in Venice ; † November 4, 1485 ibid) was the 72nd Doge of Venice from 1478 to 1485  . During his reign, after the loss-making Turkish Wars, Venice made peace with the Turkish Sultan Mohammed II on January 24, 1479 .


Giovanni Mocenigo came from the branched Mocenigo family , which provided a total of seven doges : Tommaso Mocenigo (1414–1423), his brother Pietro Mocenigo (1474–1476), Alvise Mocenigo I (1570–1577), Alvise Mocenigo II. (1700– 1709), Alvise Mocenigo III. (1722-1732) and Alvise Mocenigo IV. (1763-1778).

Giovanni Mocenigo was Podestà of Ravenna in 1463 and in Treviso in 1467 .

He was married to Taddea Michiel, who died of the plague in 1478 shortly after being elected to the Doge's office. In 1485 Mocenigo also succumbed to the plague and, like his wife before, was hastily buried in the church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo .

The Doge's Office

The war with the Turks, which had been going on for sixteen years, ended at the beginning of his reign with a peace treaty in which some areas in what is now Albania and Greece were lost to Venice. However, immediately followed new armed conflict with Florence and Ferrara , in the course of Venice from the Pope with excommunication was occupied. Despite the plague, the peace treaty of 1484 was celebrated with a three-day festival. In the armed conflicts that followed between the Pope and Sultan, Venice maintained neutrality.

Practically during his entire reign the plague flared up again and again in the area of ​​Venice, which led to severe losses among the population.

On the morning of September 14, 1483 a fire broke out in the Doge's Palace and the Doge had to reside in the neighboring Palazzo Duado for the near future . The renovation of the Doge's Palace was not completed until nine years later under Agostino Barbarigo .

Giovanni Mocenigo in art


A painting in the National Gallery in London, dated to Mocenigo's tenure, shows him kneeling before the throne of Mary . He is holding a banner that bears the Lion of St. Mark as a symbol of the Republic of Venice and the coat of arms of the Mocenigo family . The St. John the Baptist presented the Doge of Madonna from . St. Christopher is accompanied. The work was previously ascribed to Gentile Bellini or Vittore Carpaccio .

Gentile Bellini made an unfinished portrait of Doge Giovanni Mocenigo between 1478 and 1483, which is now in the Museo Correr in Venice.


Mocenigo's tomb made of Carrara marble in San Zanipolo is one of the main works of the Venetian sculptor Tullio Lombardo . It was started around 1500 and wasn't finished until 1522.


  • Andrea da Mosto: I Dogi di Venezia. Milan 1960 ( limited preview in Google Book search).
  • Helmut Dumler: Venice and the Doges. Artemis and Winkler, Düsseldorf 2001, ISBN 3-538-07116-0 .
  • Sarah Wilk: The Sculpture of Tullio Lombardo ( Studies in sources and meanings ). Garland, New York 1978, ISBN 0-8240-3256-X .

Web links

Commons : Giovanni Mocenigo  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. The Virgin and Child with Saints (Venetian, 1478-85) , National Gallery , London (English, accessed September 13, 2014)
  2. ^ Website of the Museo Correr : Room 36. The Bellini Family (English, accessed on September 13, 2014)
  3. cf. Wolfgang Wolters: The Venetian Sculpture from 1460 to 1530 . In: Giandomenico Romanelli (Ed.): Venice. Art & architecture . Volume 1.Könemann, Cologne 1997, ISBN 3-89508-592-8 , p. 236.
  4. Illustration of the tomb
predecessor Office successor
Andrea Vendramin Doge of Venice
Marco Barbarigo