Aveva 71 anni (era nato il 1° gennaio 1664), apparteneva alla famiglia dei Pisani di Santo Stefano, ramo cadetto dell’omonima famiglia, e aveva percorso tutte le tappe del cursus honorum veneziano: savio agli ordini, consigliere del doge, ambasciatore in Francia.

Per celebrare l’elezione, la famiglia affidò a Girolamo Frigimelica la costruzione di Villa Pisani nella campagna di Stra (1736-1756), ma poi il progetto fu abbandonato a causa dei costi esorbitanti, per essere però ripreso e completato alcuni anni dopo da Francesco Maria Preti. Pertanto, la villa, la cui costruzione iniziò in occasione della nomina a doge di Alvise, fu ultimata entro la prima metà del secolo, poi continuamente abbellita da pittori e scultori per tutto il Settecento tanto da essere considerata un vero Palazzo Ducale in terraferma.

Nel 1797 la villa venne acquistata da Napoleone, che vi soggiornò una sola notte e poi la regalò al figliastro, Eugenio Beauharnais.

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