Giovanni Biondo (Captain)
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Giovanni Biondo was a Republic of Venetian 18th century sea captain who served either in the merchant marine or, more probably, in the navy. He is mentioned in a 1783 letter from the Venice ambassador in Naples, for an incident occurred to his ship.
He may be the same "Capitan Giovanni Biondo Veneto" (Venetian Captain Giovanni Biondo) who crafted the earliest extant models of ships in a bottle, two of which reproduce Venetian warships (ships of the line) from the late eighteenth century.
The oldest (1784) is in a museum in Lübeck; another (1786) is held by a private collector; the third (1792), that apparently reproduces the heavy frigate PN Fama, is in the Navy Museum in Lisbon.
Possibly, he is a relation to Francesco Biondo, who built a very similar model (1806), currently in the Murano Glass Museum.
- ↑ Corrispondenze diplomatiche veneziane da Napoli: 19 settembre 1778 - 17 agosto 1790 (in italiano). Istituto poligrafico e zecca dello Stato, Libreria dello Stato. 1992. p. 367. ISBN 978-88-240-0133-5.
- ↑ "Folk Art In Bottles - Giovanni Biondo - 1st Ship in Bottle Builder". www.folkartinbottles.com. Retrieved 2020-12-19.
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