The undisputed protagonist of the action of the Serenissima and its allies in the eastern Mediterranean against the Ottoman Empire in the last years of glory of the Serenissima, and even before the resistance of Candia besieged on the island of Crete, Francesco Morosini, doge and captain general from sea , was the first to promote his own figure as an object of worship.
A complex figure subject to alternating judgments by his contemporaries, who went down in history as a great leader but also as an arrogant and extremely vain man, he died on the battlefield after an important civil and military career and was still celebrated for a long time.
Born in Venice in 1619 of noble lineage, 400 years after his birth various institutions celebrate his captivating life. The Civic Museums have kept his entire personal and family heritage since 1895, coming from the family palace in Campo Santo Stefano, of which a reasoned selection was placed after the Second World War in the Correr Museum in the "Sale Morosini", part of the 1952 reorganization edited by Carlo Scarpa. In the rooms of the Correr Museum dedicated to the exhibition "Francesco Morosini: last hero of the Serenissima between history and myth" with over two hundred pieces on display, the personal, political and military history of the captain of the sea, doge and "Peloponnesian" unfolds. The aforementioned Sale Morosini are two, here the itinerary fills ten, with a significant part of the entire Morosini collection kept by the Civic Museums exhibited in a reasoned and engaging itinerary.