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What happened on March 18 in Venice

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What happened on March 18 in Venice

According to the Venetian Liturgical Calendar today is St. Anselmo Bishop’s Day

 

- March 18, 1578: after more than forty ballots, the almost ninety-year-old Nicolò da Ponte is elected Doge with twenty-seven votes; at the age of twenty he had been elected Savio agli Ordini, then Rector of Corfu, Udine and Padua, during which time he manages to amass a considerable wealth with his trading businesses; in spite of his age, he was Doge until 1585.

 

- March 18, 1747: Count Von Schulemburg dies in Verona, Commander general of the Venetian land troops in the Levant for 31 years; two solemn monuments are erected in his name and a sumptuous State funeral is held.

 

- March 18, 1752: on the first ballot, 67-year-old Francesco Loredan, from a very rich and generous family, is elected doge, much loved by the soldiers he had commanded as a general in the fortress of Palmanova; his investiture is notified to him only on 6 April because Easter celebrations are held at the time of the vote.

 

- March 18, 1779: the Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts is established in Padua, born from the merger of the Agricultural Academy with the ancient Accademia dei Ricoverati; its meetings were held in a room of the former Carraresi castle frescoed with biblical stories by Guariento. The Academy counts among its members many illustrious Italian and foreign men, including: Alessandro Volta, Cesare Beccaria, Pietro Verri and the French scientist Antonio Lorenzo Lavoisier, founder of modern chemistry.

 

- March 18, 1848: Chioggia rises against the Austrians. Enraged by the imposing of the 'personal tax', the population organize processions and demonstrations through the city streets preceded by banners and the pontifical flag to the cry of 'Viva Pio IX, Viva S. Marco', knocks down the doors of the bell towers and rings the church bells while on the square, under the eyes of the gendarmes, the Austrian flag is lowered; only late at night, after placing some lit fuse cannons on the streets, did the Austrians stop the insurgents.

 

- March 18, 1924: Mario de Maria, known as Marius Pictor, painter and architect, dies in Bologna, he contributes with Selvatico Fradeletto and others to the founding of the Biennale, where he exhibited until 1922. Thanks to him, in 1913 casa dei Tre Oci in Giudecca came about, in gothic style, a sort of mausoleum dedicated to his late young daughter, where the three large windows (oci) are a representation of himself, his wife and son, while the mullioned window above them is the deceased child.

 

 

 

Taken from 'Almanacco di Venezia -1600 anni ab Urbe còndita' by Andrea Gersich and Edoardo Rubini

 

Venice, 18th March 2021

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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