Archduchess Maria Anna Josepha of Austria

Maria Anna Josepha of Austria
Electoral Princess of the Palatinate
Born 30 December 1654
Died 14 April 1689 (aged 34)
Spouse John William, Elector Palatine
House House of Habsburg
Father Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor
Mother Eleonora Gonzaga

Maria Anna Josepha of Austria (30 December 1654 – 14 April 1689), was a Duchess consort of Jülich-Berg and Electoral Princess of the Palatinate.

Born in Regensburg, she was the youngest surviving daughter of Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor and his third wife Eleonora Gonzaga.


In Wiener Neustadt on 25 October 1678 Maria Anna married John William, Electoral Prince of the Palatinate and brother of Empress Eleonor Magdalene, third wife of Emperor Leopold I (Maria Anna's half-brother). The wedding ceremony was performed by Archbishop Leopold Karl von Kollonitsch, who that in memory of this event and the previous wedding of Maria Anna's sister Eleanor was in the main square of Wiener Neustadt build a Marian column.[1] After the marriage, the Electoral Prince and Princess settled in Düsseldorf, where they led an elaborate royal household.[2]

As a gift to the newlyweds, Philip William, Elector Palatine (John William's father) ceded to them the Duchies of Jülich and Berg in 1679.[3] During her marriage, the Electoral Princess gave birth two children, but neither survive infancy:[4][5]

Maria Anna died of tuberculosis during a visit to the imperial court in Vienna. She was buried in the Imperial Crypt.


Charles II of Austria
Ferdinand II
Maria Anna of Bavaria
Ferdinand III
William V of Bavaria
Maria Anna of Bavaria
Renata of Lorraine
Maria Anna Josepha of Austria
Charles I of Mantua
Charles II Gonzaga
Catherine of Mayenne
Eleanora Gonzaga
Francesco IV Gonzaga
Maria Gonzaga
Margarida of Savoy


  1. Ferdinand C. Böheim, Wendelin Boeheim: Chronicle of Wiener-Neustadt, vol. 2, Prandel & Ewald, 1863, p. 173.
  2. K. Strauven: About Artistic life and work in Dusseldorf to Düsseldorf school of painting under Director Schadow, H. Voss, 1862, p. 12.
  3. (retrieved 06 June 2014).
  4. Gustav Prümm: A win for life, Books on Demand, 2009, p. 54.
  5. Complete Genealogy of the House of Wittelsbach (retrieved 6 June 2014).


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