Venice Paying Homage to Caterina Cornaro, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 314
"Caterina Cornaro, descended from a family which had furnished several doges to the Venetian republic, was born in 1454, and was one of the most renowned beauties of her day. When, for political reasons, it became desirable that the king of cyprus, James II., Lusignan, should be more closely bound to the republic, the authorities of Venice recommended his marriage to Caterina Cornaro, whose family had, in the course of time, become redcuced in wealth. For this purpose the republic adopted her as its daughter, richly endowing her for the marriage; but in two years she became a widow, their only child, James III., dying in 1475. The beautiful Caterina reigned over Cyprus, under the protection of Venice, for a period of 14 years, when she abdicated in favor of the republic. Upon her return to Venice she was received with all the ceremonies given to a crowned head, and, sole among all her country-women before or since, was accorded a triumphal entrance into the city in the gilded bucentaur. " The scene depicted by the painter is that in which , after her triumphal tour of the grand canal, she is seated upon a throne on the Piazza di San Marco, receiving the homage of the people grateful to a queen who has given a kingdom to her native city. The stately figure in a scarlet court dress standing directly behind her, is the Senator Loredano, representing the republic. " Caterina Cornaro passed the remainder of her days at Asola, in the neighborhood of Venice, where she assembled a brilliant court of scholars, poets, and artists. She died in 1510." [P. 23.]
Catalogue of an Exhibition by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, of Choice Paintings Loaned from Private Galleries of Philadelphia, and Hans Makart's Great Picture of "Venice Paying Homage to Caterina Cornaro." January 1877. Philadelphia: Collins, Printers, 705 Jayne Street.