Aveva 68 anni (era nato a Bardolino sul Garda, presso Verona, nel 1455) ed era procuratore di S. Marco de supra dal 12 aprile 1509.

Apparteneva a una famiglia nuova.

Aveva studiato filosofia a Padova e seguìto il nonno in varie missioni diplomatiche all’estero, imparando tra l’altro diverse lingue e appunto il mestiere di diplomatico, che usò quando si trasferì a Costantinopoli, dove, nonostante la guerra tra Venezia e i turchi, diventò ricchissimo commerciando grano. Sorpreso a fornire notizie a Venezia fu considerato una spia e incarcerato. Per un gran colpo di fortuna evitò di essere impalato: il sultano lo usò mandandolo a Venezia per concludere la pace con la Repubblica.

In seguito si mise in luce come provveditore in campo contro la Lega di Cambrai, fu quindi in prima linea nella difesa di Padova, partecipò alla riconquista del Friuli e venne fatto prigioniero a Brescia dai francesi, con i quali usò le sue arti diplomatiche e riuscì ad entrare nelle grazie del re Francesco I, che lo liberò, lo impiegò come consigliere e gli fece tenere a battesimo la figlia.

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