Cornaro, a Venetian family, which furnished several doges in the 14th, 17th, and 18th centuries. The following are its best known members. I. Caterina, queen of Cyprus, born in Venice in 1454, died there, July 5, 1510. In 1473 she succeeded her husband, James II., Lusignan, as regent, and reigned until Feb. 26, 1489, when, worried by incessant jealousies, she abdicated in favor of the Venetian republic. On her return to Venice she was received with great distinction by the doge, and the castle of Asola in Treviso was assigned to her as a residence. Bembo, her relative, afterward eminent as cardinal, celebrated in his Gli Asolani her brilliant intellectual and social qualities. Her portrait was painted by Titian, and her life has afforded a rich field of romance to French novelists. II. Luigi, an advocate of temperance, born in Venice in 1467, died in Padua about 1567. After having injured his health by excesses, he led, from his 40th year to the time of his death an abstemious life, restricting himself, by the advice of his physicians, to a daily allowance of 12 ounces of solid food and 14 ounces of wine. In his 83d year he wrote the first part of the Discorsi della vita sobria (Padua, 1558), which was followed by three others, composed at the ages of 86, 91, and 95 respectively.
This work has been translated into Latin, French, German, English, and other languages, and the English version, "Sure and Certain Method of attaining a long and healthful Life," reached its 39th edition in 1845.