According to the text of F. Schroder, one of the most ancient Venetian families coming from Rome in the middle of the eighth century, and having come from Torcello, then moved to Rialto during the doge of Angelo Partecipazio.
Listed among the patrician families with the Serrata del Maggior Consiglio (1297) it was divided into several branches and had many important personalities within it.
Diplomats and military commanders, senators, procurators and churchmen including Pope Gregory XII and Cardinal Antonio Correr, Gregory's nephew and initiated by him to an ecclesiastical career.
Angelo, Patriarch of Constantinople and later Cardinal of San Marco, was elected pope on 30 November 1406 with the name of Pope Gregory XII in the middle of the Western schism and while Benedict XIII was Pope in Avignon, he was forced to renounce the papacy in 1415 and awaited his death to re-elect the new Pope who was Martin V.
Angelo, held many diplomatic and administrative positions, was appointed ambassador of England and then at the court of France and revealed qualities that led him to be particularly appreciated by Richelieu, in biographies he was mentioned as a great orator and confidant of the powerful. He was elected several times to important roles in the highest offices of the Serenissima so much so that he was one of the main candidates for the doge. He was buried in the Frari Church.
Theodore after a very young start to a political career, dressed in the habit of an abbot at a mature age, consecrated his life to the study and passion of collecting, in the period preceding the fall of the Republic and with the consequent foreign domination there was an extremely favorable period for find precious objects to collect for the dissolution of many noble heritages, on his death he left his collection as a gift with the specific intention of making it a museum for the city, the Correr Museum was born from this bequest. Theodore left, by will, that a large amount of money was used to set up the exhibition, with precise indications on the organization of personnel and opening hours. If the collection was no longer used by the public institution, he arranged for everything to be converted for the benefit of the poor.
Fontego dei Turchi: Teodoro Correr was born and lived in the salizzada house of Fontego dei Turchi in S. Croce 1721 and 1728, and it is there that the collection took shape which later gave rise to the Correr Museum. The inscription "Collezione Correr" is still visible on the portal on the ground of the house.
Contarini Correr Palace in Santa Fosca Cannaregio 2214-2217: The Correr family bought the palace from the Contarini family.