Andrea Memmo was born in Venice in 1729, to parents Pietro and Lucia Pisani in one of the twelve most important families of the Republic.
He was ambassador of the Republic of Venice in Rome and Constantinople as well as Procurator of San Marcos in 1785 . He tried to be elected as Doge after the death of Paolo Renier in February 1785 but was defeated by Ludovico Manin who belonged to the conservative party and was also the last Doge of Venice, before the Napoleonic conquests . His political career carried him huge debts.
He was, like his brothers Bernardo and Lorenzo, a great passionate about new ideological currents, both in art and in politics. He supported the reform of the theater carried out by Carlo Goldoni , who dedicated the play L'uomo di mondo to him in 1750 . He was also a great friend of Giacomo Casanova as well as Giustiniana Wynne , from whom an interesting correspondence remains.
He was also a fervent disciple of the Franciscan Father Carlo Lodoli , from whom he helped spread his ideas together with Francesco Algarotti . He wrote, after Lodoli died, Elementi d'archittetura Lodoliana, ossia l'arte del fabbricare with scientific solidity and with elegance non capricciosa in 1786 . Unlike Algarotti, Memmo was in complete agreement with his teacher, who disdained academic architecture and doubted Vitruvius' authority as a scholar.
He directed the rehabilitation of the Prato della Valle in Padua based on the principles of his teacher. After his death in 1793, he was buried in the church of Santa María dei Servi and later his remains were transferred to the church of San Marcuola , near his family palace.
- Elements of Lodolian architecture, that is the art of building with scientific solidity and not capricious elegance . Rome 1786 .
- Apologues, imagine yourself, and sol. extemporaneously in voice exposed to his friends by the late Frà Carlo de 'Conti Lodoli ...., Bassano 1787
- The August moon. Posthumous apologue of Father Lodoli ... From Elisj, the year of the era of Proserpina 9999 MV (Bassano 1787 ), written junto to Melchiorre Cesarotti
- Gianfranco Torcellan, A figure of eighteenth-century Venice: Andrea Memmo. Research on the crisis of the Venetian aristocracy , Institute for cultural collaboration, 1963.
- Oliver Domzalski, Political Careers and Distribution of Power in the Venetian Nobility (1646-1797), Sigmaringen 1996, p. 61s.
- Susanna Pasquali, Andrea Memmo and Francesco Milizia between Veneto and Rome
- Andrea di Robilant, Lucia in the time of Napoleon. Portrait of a great Venetian Ed. Corbaccio 2008 .