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Giovanni Bellini's portrait of Doge Agostino Barbarigo.
An undated portrait of Barbarigo.

Agostino Barbarigo (c. 1420 – 20 September 1501) was Doge of Venice from 1486 until his death.

His brother was Marco Barbarigo; the two are the namesakes of the Master of the Barbarigo Reliefs, who was responsible for the creation of their tomb.

In 1496 he created an Italian coalition to push back Charles VIII of France from Italy, which led to the Battle of Fornovo during the French retreat from Italy. during his reign Venice gained several strongholds in Romagna and annexed the island of Cyprus.

His relationships with the Ottoman sultan Bayezid II were initially amicable, but they became increasingly strained starting from 1492, eventually leading to open war in 1499. The Venetian merchants in Istanbul were arrested, while Bosnian troops invaded Dalmatia and reached Zara. The Venetian fleet was defeated at the Battle of Zonchio, and the Republic lost its base in Lepanto. The latter was soon followed by Modone and Corone, which meant the loss of all the main intermediate stops for the Venetian ships sailing towards the Levante.

After four years of war, a peace treaty was signed in 1503. By it, Venice maintained in Morea only Nafplion, Patras and Monemvasia.

Popular culture

  • Agostino Barbarigo makes a cameo as the doge-elect for his brother in the video game "Assassin's Creed II"

See also

Political offices
Preceded by
Marco Barbarigo
Doge of Venice
Succeeded by
Leonardo Loredan


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