TOMB MARCO BRAGADIN: 1523-1571

Vincenzo Scamozzi: ?

Bragadin was a Venetian lawyer who moved thru the ranks and in 1569 he was elected as a Captain to the Kingdom of Cyprus during the war between the Ottoman Empire and Venice. He knew a war with the Turks was inevitable and worked to fortify the city where he resided, Famagusta. As he expected, battle ensued and in 1571 after almost a year of fighting, Bragadin asked for a peaceful surrender which the turks agreed to. Unfortunately, shortly after he surrendered the Turks turned on him. They accused him of executing Turkish prisoners during the war and set about to torture and make an example of him. They cut off his ears and nose and placed him in prison. They killed all the Christians in the city. After 2 wks in prison they tied Bragadin to a chair and hoisted him up on a mast for display. Next, he was taken to the main square, tied to a post and flayed alive. Still not finished, they stuffed his skin with hay, put the body on an ox and paraded it thru the city. His body was then put up on another mast and brought back to Constantinople as a trophy for the Sultan.

Nine years later, the Venetians managed to steal the skin from Constantinople and bring it back to Venice.

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1. BRAGADIN FAMILY CREST

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2. URN CONTAINING SKIN

After retrieving his skin from Constantinople, it was originally placed in the tomb of the patrician Bragadin family in the Church of San Gregorio, near the Basilica della Salute. In 1596 it was transferred here and placed in a lead box in a recess in the back of the urn.

A survey carried out in 1961 confirmed the existence in the urn of shreds of tanned human skin.

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3. BUST BRAGADIN: TIZIANO ASPETTI: abt 1596-99

Tiziano Aspetti was a pupil of Alessandro Vittoria.

The image above is a portrait of Bragadin to compare to the likeness of the bust.

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4. PAINTING OF THE TORTURE: ?

The chiaroscuro fresco depicting Bragadin's skinning is perhaps by Cosimo Piazza or Alabardi.