Today in History - August 8th. 1661 - Johann Mattias von der Schuelenberg

August 8th. 1661 marks the birth of Johann Matthias von der Schuelenberg.
This happy event took place in Emden near Magdeburg (now located in
Germany).


Johann Matthias von der Schuelenberg - Source picture: Wikipedia

About the youth of Johann Matthias von der Schuelenberg was little known.

Between 1687 and 1688 he fought with the imperial troops against the Turks
in Hungary.  In 1689 Johann Matthias became Colonel in the German Regiment
of Victor Amadeus II of Savoy where he was severely wounded. 
Johann Matthias recovered and in 1702 he joined the Saxony army to fight in 
the Great Northern War against Charles XII of Sweden. He acquired his 
greatest fame during the defence of Corfu in 1716 against the Ottoman Turks. 

In Corfu, Johann Matthias von der Schuelenberg has his own statue.

Corfu Town Statue

Own picture taken during our holiday in 2013


Besides his career in the Army, Johann Matthias von der Schuelenberg
became a famous art collector.

Since 1718 he lived in Venice (Italy) at the Palazzo Loredan on the
Grand Canal of Venice. Johann Matthias von der Schuelenberg was the
patron of Giovanni Antonio Guardi and Giambattista Pittoni. 

This remarkable military and art lover died on March 14th. 1747 in
Verona (now Italy).