Aveva 70 anni (era nato il 26 ottobre 1409) ed era fratello del doge Pietro (1474-1476).

Durante il suo dogado firmò una pace che sanzionò la fine della guerra contro i turchi (1479), ma costrinse la Repubblica a rinunciare a Negroponte, Lemno e Argo, a perdere in Albania, tra l’altro, Scutari, mantenendo però alcuni porti sulla costa, come Dulcigno, Antivari e Budua, e conservando il permesso di commerciare liberamente in tutti i paesi dell’impero turco previo pagamento di un tributo annuale di 10mila ducati.

Fu in seguito coinvolto nella guerra di Ferrara o del sale (1482-1484) e, a causa degli sviluppi di quella guerra, Venezia subì prima l’interdetto (1483) e poi la scomunica (1484) di Sisto IV , ma con la Pace di Bagnolo (1484) acquistò definitivamente il Polesine.

Morì di peste come la moglie Taddea Michiel e fu sepolto nella Chiesa di S. Giovanni e Paolo (Castello).

Il monumento funebre, opera di Pietro e Tullio Lombardo, venne completato all’inizio del Cinquecento.

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