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Aveva 87 anni (era nato il 15 gennaio 1491) e durante le sedute si addormentava regolarmente.

Abile diplomatico, era stato bailo a Corfù (1532-1535), senatore (1535), avogadore (1540), luogotenente della Patria del Friuli (1541), membro del Consiglio dei X negli anni 1553, 1555 e 1557, podestà di Padova (1558-1559), procuratore di S. Marco de ultra dal 30 luglio 1570.

Aveva studiato filosofia all’Università di Padova, ma si era arricchito con la mercatura e aveva costruito il Palazzo da Ponte a S. Maurizio (S. Marco).

Durante il suo dogado la Repubblica rilanciò definitivamente la neutralità nelle questioni internazionali e così rifiutò richieste di lega per combattere i turchi: a Venezia infatti volevano stare in pace, godersi quel che restava del commercio in Levante, pensare a riequilibrare le finanze (e infatti fu azzerato il debito pubblico), continuare ad abbellire la città (lo Scamozzi subentrò al Sansovino, morto nel 1580, e completò la Libreria Marciana tra il 1582 e il 1585).

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