Contarini kōntärē´nē [key], ancient Venetian family, including eight doges, a cardinal, and several artists. The most celebrated member was Andrea Contarini, 1300?–1382. He was doge (1368–82) at the time of the War of Chioggia between Venice and Genoa he proved his patriotism by melting his gold and silver plate and mortgaging his lands to raise money for the state.

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