Ca' Cornaro Piscopia (later Loredan)Grand Canal, S. Luca Parish (S. Marco)
CA' CORNARO PISCOPIA, a Veneto-Byzantine palace of the "fondaco" style, was erected c. 1200 by an unidentified patron. The palace passed to Andrea Zane, previously of S. Stin parish, in 1316 and was acquired by Cav. Federico Cornaro (SA-35) and his brothers, previously of S. Aponal parish, in 1364. Soon the palace was the site of several important state visits, first by Albert Hapsburg, future Duke of Austria, in September 1361, and then by Peter I Lusignan, King of Cyprus, in December 1366. The latter visit was one of the pivotal events in the Cornaro family's rise to wealth and power, which was based heavily on its role in the commercial and political life of the Kingdom of Cyprus. The lion rampant of the Lusignan family is among the decorations on the frieze of the palace. The two lower floors comprise the original Gothic structure, with the two upper floors added in the 1500s.
Suggested appearance before
the 16th century additions