Princess Maria Anna of Saxony (1799–1832)

For other people named Maria Anna of Saxony, see Maria Anna of Saxony (disambiguation).
Maria Anna of Saxony
Grand Duchess of Tuscany
Tenure 18 June 1824 – 24 March 1832
Born (1799-11-15)15 November 1799
Died 24 March 1832(1832-03-24) (aged 32)
Spouse Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany
Issue Caroline of Austria
Archduchess Auguste Ferdinande of Austria
Maximiliana of Austria
Full name
Maria Anna Carolina Josepha Vincentia Xaveria Nepomucena Franziska de Paula Franziska de Chantal Johanna Antonia Elisabeth Cunigunde Gertrud Leopoldina
House Wettin
Father Maximilian, Crown Prince of Saxony
Mother Princess Caroline of Parma
Religion Roman Catholicism

Marie Anna of Saxony, Grand Duchess of Tuscany (15 November 1799 – 24 March 1832), (full name: Maria Anna Carolina Josepha Vincentia Xaveria Nepomucena Franziska de Paula Franziska de Chantal Johanna Antonia Elisabeth Cunigunde Gertrud Leopoldina), was a princess of Saxony. She became Grand Duchess of Tuscany by her marriage to Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany.


Marie Anna was born in Dresden, one of the seven children of Maximilian of Saxony by his first wife Caroline of Bourbon-Parma.

Her father was a son of Frederick Christian, Elector of Saxony. Her mother was a daughter of Ferdinand, Duke of Parma. Through her mother, Maria Anna was also a direct descendant of Louis XIV of France and William the Conqueror.


During her short life she showed an especial interest for ancient paintings and classical poetry, acquiring the Liber Interitus by Horace for an unknown but extremely high price. She was inspired by Gnostic writings to write a short poet entitled Chuchotet d'Archont, published posthumously. Along with her husband she was the founding patron of L'Istituto Statale della Ss. Annunziata, the first female boarding school in Florence set up to educate aristocratic and noble young ladies. She died in Italy of tuberculosis she passed onto Auguste, her only surviving daughter.

Marriage and issue

Her husband's granddaughter Archduchess Luise of Austria described Maria Anna as a "highly nervous girl who was so terrified at the idea of meeting her unknown bridegroom that she refused to leave Dresden unless accompanied by her sister" Princess Maria Ferdinanda of Saxony.[1] As her sister agreed to travel with her, Maria Anna duly married on 16 November 1817 the future Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany, son of Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany and his first wife Princess Luisa of Naples and Sicily. During the celebrations, Ferdinand became attached to Maria Anna's sister, and they were later married. Her sister Maria Ferdinanda thus became Maria Anna's stepmother-in-law.[2]

They had three children:

After Maria Anna's death at Pisa in 1832, her husband married Princess Maria Antonia of the Two Sicilies.



  1. Toscana, p. 18.
  2. Toscana, p. 18.


Princess Maria Anna of Saxony (1799–1832)
Born: 15 November 1799 Died: 24 March 1832
Italian royalty
Preceded by
Maria Ferdinanda of Saxony
Grand Duchess consort of Tuscany
Title next held by
Maria Antonia of the Two Sicilies
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