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Giovanni Antonio Capodistria

(Corfu, Venetian Ionian Islands 1776 – Nafplion, Greece 1831)
Physician and First Independent Greek Head of State

Born to a noble Corfiot family, who had originally come from Koper.  In 1794, he arrived in Padua and while attending the Venetian salons, he met Isabella Teotochi and Ugo Foscolo. In December 1795, he entered the Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts of the University of Padua.

In 1797, he obtained a degree in philosophy and medicine.  Following the French occupation of the Ionian Islands and the confiscation of family assets, he returned to Corfu and practiced medicine. He was the first president of the newly formed Greek republic, and assassinated in Nauplia in 1831. The University of Athens is named after him.

The restoration of the Giovanni Capodistria canvas has been supported by Istituto Flebologico Italiano.

Giovanni Antonio Capodistria

Giovanni Antonio Capodistria

Giovanni Antonio Capodistria