Francesco FoscariFrancesco Foscari
was doge of Venice
at the height of the Italian Renaissance
. Foscari was elected to lead Venice in a long and protracted series of wars against Milan
, governed by the Visconti, who were attempting to dominate all of Italy. Despite notable victories, the war was extremely costly to Venice and to her ally Florence
, and they were eventually overcome by the forces of Milan under the leadership of Francesco Sforza
. Sforza soon made peace with Florence, however, leaving Venice adrift.
Foscari's life was the subject of a play The Two Foscari by Lord Byron, which itself served as the basis of an opera I Due Foscari by Giuseppe Verdi which premiered on November 3, 1844.