Caterina Cornaro

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Cornaro, Caterina

(kätārē`nä kōrnä`rō), 1454–1510, queen of Cyprus. A celebrated Venetian beauty, she was married in 1472 to James II of Cyprus, who was eager to secure Venetian support. James II died in 1473, and his infant son, James III, in 1474. Caterina reigned amidst diplomatic intrigue and local hostilities until Venice forced her to abdicate (1489) and took control of Cyprus. Caterina returned to Venice and retired to Asolo. There she held a small but brilliant court, depicted by Pietro Bembo in his Platonic dialogue, Gli Asolani.
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On the occasion of the renewal of the Caterina Cornaro Gallery, the Leventis Municipal Museum in Nicosia will put on two events on Tuesday and Wednesday entitled Caterina Cornaro goes to the Opera.
Caterina Cornaro was the last Queen of Cyprus from August 26 1474 to February 26 1489.
On Tuesday the museum will feature a lecture entitled Melodramatic perceptions of history: Caterina Cornaro goes to the Opera by Dr Angel Nicolaou-Konnari, Associate Professor at the University of Cyprus at 6.
Wednesday starts with a special guided tour of the new Caterina Cornaro gallery from 6.
It is held to commemorate the 15th century welcome given to Caterina Cornaro, wife of the King of Cyprus, with a parade of boats decorated in 16th century-style and rowers dressed in period costumes.
Of particular interest among the latter are the first Ricordi editions of Bellini's La straniera, Donizetti's Caterina Cornaro, and Pacini's Saffo; the first Escudier edition of Verdi's Les vepres siciliennes; and rare works by Mancinelli, Samara, and others.
Joseph Polizzi, author of the book, Lady of Asolo: A Pictorial History of the Life and Times of Caterina Cornaro, just reissued and available in the Museum Store, will talk about this grand city and Queen.
With the collage having founded the Cornaro Institute in 2010, it is aptly named after the last Venetian Queen of Cyprus, Caterina Cornaro.
From its earliest days in the late 18th century, through its removal from the castle of Queen Caterina Cornaro (pictured right on historic panel) and the various reinstallations in Sarasota, the story of the Historic Asolo is one of both intrigue and triumph.
The MirIa exhibition is also said to touch upon a little-known aspect of Cyprus history, namely the heavy involvement of the Catalans with the island during the rule of Caterina Cornaro in the 15th century.