Maria Anna of Spain
|Maria Anna of Spain|
'Infanta Maria Anna of Austria, future Empress' by Velazquez, 1630.
|Holy Roman Empress; German Queen;|
Queen consort of Hungary and Bohemia;
Archduchess consort of Austria
|Tenure||15 February 1637 – 13 May 1646|
18 August 1606|
El Escorial, Spain
13 May 1646 39) (aged|
|Spouse||Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor|
Ferdinand IV, King of the Romans|
Mariana, Queen of Spain
Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor
|Father||Philip III of Spain|
|Mother||Margaret of Austria|
|House of Habsburg|
Emperor Charles V|
(King Charles I)
Daughter of King Philip III of Spain and Margaret of Austria, prior to her Imperial marriage she was considered a possible wife for Charles, Prince of Wales; the event, later known in history as the "Spanish Match", provoked a domestic and political crisis in the Kingdoms of England and Scotland. In the imperial court in Vienna was continue to be strongly influenced by her native Spanish culture (from clothes to music) and also promote the strengthening of relations between the Imperial and Spanish branches of the House of Habsburg.
Infanta Maria Anna of Spain was born in the Palace of El Escorial, near Madrid, on 18 August 1606 as the fourth child and third (but second surviving) daughter of King Philip III of Spain and his wife Margaret of Austria, Archduchess of Inner Austrian branch of the House of Habsburg. From her seven siblings, only four survive infance: Anna (later wife of King Louis XIII of France), Philip IV of Spain, Charles (who died young in 1632) and Ferdinand (the later known Cardinal-Infante and Governor of the Spanish Netherlands). Maria Anna's parents had a close kinship: her father was her mother's first cousin once-removed. On her father's side she was the granddaughter of King Philip II of Spain, and his fourth wife and niece Archduchess Anne of Austria, and on her mother's side she was the granddaughter of Charles II, Archduke of Inner Austria and his wife Princess Maria Anna of Bavaria.
From early childhood, Maria Anna has played an important role in the matrimonial projects of her father. In adolescence she was betrothed to Archduke John-Charles, eldest son and heir of Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor and his first wife Maria Anna of Bavaria; however, the marriage never took place due Archduke John-Charles' early death in 1618.
In 1622, King James I of England received an offer from the Spanish King Philip III to strengthen the relations of their countries through a dynastic marriage between Charles, Prince of Wales, and Infanta Maria Anna. Between London and Madrid began active negotiations. The possible marriage between the Prince of Wales and the Spanish Infanta,was known in history under the name of "Spanish Match", and caused an internal political crisis in both England and Scotland. In 1623 the Prince of Wales, accompanied by George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, visited Madrid to meet his intended bride. However, Maria Anna did not wish to marry a Protestant and Charles would not convert to Catholicism. At the end, the wedding never took place not only for political reasons but also because of the reluctance of the new Spanish King Philip IV to conclude a dynastic marriage with the House of Stuart. Charles eventually married Henrietta Maria of France.
Marriage and Issue
At the end of 1626 Maria Anna was betrothed to the younger brother of her first fiance, Ferdinand, new heir of Emperor Ferdinand II. The formal engagement was preceded by a serie of negotiations which were conducted since 1625. That same year, Prince Ferdinand was crowned King of Hungary, and in 1627 King of Bohemia. In the negociations were included all the life aspects of the Infanta at the court of her future spouse. So, despite the desire of the groom that Maria Anna's confessor would be the Jesuit Ambrosio Penalosa, at the end was appointed the Capuchin Diego Quiroga. In the marriage contract signed by both parties in 1628, it was noted that Maria Anna could retain her rights of inheritance over the Spanish throne, while her older sister Infanta Anna, when she married with King Louis XIII of France in 1615 was forced to renounced to her rights.
Maria Anna had left Madrid for Vienna in December 1629. The travel took more than a year. As she sailed by sea in Genoa, complications arose due to the epidemic of plague that erupted in the Italian Peninsula. For this reason, the cortege was unable to stopped in Bologna, where Cardinal Antonio Barberini (nephew of Pope Urban VIII), initially was waiting for the Infanta to gave her the Golden Rose. The cortege moved to Naples, where Maria Anna finally received the award. Leaving the Kingdom of Naples, the Infanta crossed the Papal States, having made a pilgrimage to the Basilica della Santa Casa. In this section of her journey Maria Anna was accompanied by the Roman aristocracy, led by another nephew of Pope Urban VIII, Taddeo Barberini, Prince of Palestrina. On 26 January 1631 she arrived in Trieste, where she met Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria, her future brother-in-law, who escort the Infanta to the Vienna court. That day, Maria Anna was married with King Ferdinand of Hungria-Bohemia per procura with Archduke Leopold Wilhelm serving as the proxy.
Before the oficial wedding, King Ferdinand, not trusting in the previous portraits that he saw of the Infanta, decided to secretly watch his bride. The Royal oberhofmeister asked an audience to Maria Anna; in this visit, he was accompanied by some nobles, among whom was her groom. Struck by the beauty of the Infanta, King Ferdinand immediately revealed his identity and began a conversation with Maria Anna in Spanish. The love and respect that the future emperor felt for his wife lated through all their marriage. He was never unfaithful to her or had illegitimate children.
In Vienna on 20 February 1631 Maria Anna was formally married with King Ferdinand of Hungary-Bohemia, with festivities lasting a month. The marriage was described as friendly. Maria Anna was described as happy-tempered, friendly, and intelligent, and she able to ease the feelings of the melancholic Ferdinand.
- Ferdinand IV (8 September 1633 – 9 July 1654), King of the Romans and titular King of Hungary and Bohemia.
- Maria Anna (22 December 1634 – 16 May 1696), who married her maternal uncle King Philip IV of Spain.
- Philip August (15 July 1637 – 22 June 1639), Archduke of Austria.
- Maximilian Thomas (21 December 1638 – 29 June 1639), Archduke of Austria.
- Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor (9 June 1640 – 5 May 1705).
- Maria (born and died 13 May 1646), Archduchess of Austria.
Holy Roman Empress and German Queen
With Maria Anna, arrived at the Imperial court in Vienna the Spanish fashion, theater, dance and music (including the first sounded guitar). As the wife of the heir, she maintained good relations with all the members of her husband's family; however, she had a complicated relationship with Ferdinand's stepmother, Empress Eleonora Gonzaga, mainly because between both began a competition for influence at the Imperial court. Maria Anna also paid much attention to the arts, especially painting. She collected works of Italian, Spanish and Flemish painters of the late Renaissance and early Baroque.
In Regensburg on 22 December 1636 Ferdinand was elected King of the Romans, and a week later he was crowned by the Archbishop of Mainz. Maria Anna was crowned Queen of Germany one month later, on 21 January 1637. After his father's death on 15 February 1637, Ferdinand became Holy Roman Emperor under the name of Ferdinand III and sovereign King of Hungary and Bohemia. After him, his wife received the titles of Holy Roman Empress and sovereign Queen. Her coronation as Queen of Hungary took place in Pressburg during the Hungarian Diet of 1637–1638.
Maria Anna, being active politically as the adviser of her spouse, was an important mediator between the Emperor and their Spanish relatives and was. Despite she always defended the interests of her husband, she didn't forget the interests of her brothers King Philip IV and the Cardinal-Infante. In her court, which was consisted mainly of Spaniards, frequent guests were the Spanish ambassador and diplomats. The Emperor, during his absences from the imperial court in Vienna, appointed his wife as regent, for example in 1645 during the Thirty Years' War, when he was in the Kingdom of Bohemia.
In March 1645 Maria Anna and her children left Linz, due to the approaching of the Protestant Swedish army, and moved to Vienna. In April of the same year was Vienna who was in danger of occupation, as the Swedish army was ready to cross the Danube. The Imperial family had to seek shelter in Graz. After they return to Vienna, they were forced to move again to Linz because of the plague. The Empress' sixth pregnancy became known in January 1646; four months later, on 12 May at Linz Castle, Maria Anna suddenly felt ill with fever and heavy bleeding and died the next morning. Her unborn child, a girl, was taken out alive from her womb. She was named Maria after her mother, but only lived a few hours. On 24 May both mother and daughter in the same coffin were moved to Vienna and buried in the Imperial Crypt, which already contained the coffins with the remains of the two sons of the Empress who died earlier. The funeral cortege was accompanied by the Spanish ambassador and the Empress' maid of honor. Very upset by the death of his wife and child, the Emperor was unable to attend the funeral. However, after returning to Vienna in late August he finally paid his respects to the remains of Maria Anna, and in September he announced the engagement of their eldest daughter Maria Anna with Balthasar Charles, Prince of Asturias. It should be noted that the Spaniards courtiers members of the late Empress' household who came with her from Spain, including her confessor and the maids of honor of the late Empress, stayed at the Imperial court in Vienna and lived here for a few more years after her death.
|16. Philip I of Castile (=24)|
|8. Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor (=22)|
|17. Joanna of Castile (=25)|
|4. Philip II of Spain|
|18. Manuel I of Portugal|
|9. Isabella of Portugal (=23)|
|19. Maria of Aragon|
|2. Philip III of Spain|
|20. Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor (=12, 30)|
|10. Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor|
|21. Anne of Bohemia and Hungary (=13, 31)|
|5. Anna of Austria|
|22. Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor (=8)|
|11. Maria of Spain|
|23. Isabella of Portugal (=9)|
|1. Maria Anna of Spain|
|24. Philip I of Castile (=16)|
|12. Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor (=20, 30)|
|25. Joanna of Castile (=17)|
|6. Charles II, Archduke of Austria|
|26. Vladislaus II of Bohemia and Hungary|
|13. Anna of Bohemia and Hungary (=21, 31)|
|27. Anne of Foix-Candale|
|3. Margaret of Austria|
|28. William IV, Duke of Bavaria|
|14. Albert V, Duke of Bavaria|
|29. Marie of Baden-Sponheim|
|7. Maria Anna of Bavaria|
|30. Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor (=12, 20)|
|15. Anna of Austria|
|31. Anne of Bohemia and Hungary (=13, 21)|
Depictions in art
In 1634, the Spanish poet and playwright Pedro Calderón de la Barca, in honor of the victory of the Spaniards and Austrians over the Swedes in the Battle of Nördlingen, set in Madrid a performance in which Maria Anna with her husband was one of the actors.
Save a few portraits of Maria Anna as child, almost all of them are included in the collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. In the earliest of these paitings, made by Juan Pantoja de la Cruz, she is shown at one year of age. A portrait of the Infanta Maria Anna, then Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, made by Diego Velázquez, court painter at Madrid, was part of the collection of the Museo del Prado. Portraits of the Empress made by Frans Luycx (painter at the court in Vienna), Bartolomé González y Serrano, Rodrigo de Villandrando, Justus Sustermans, Juan van der Hamen and other unknown authors are also stored in the collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Museo del Prado, the gallery of the Schloss Esterházy in Eisenstadt and the Musée Fesch in Ajaccio.
Maria Anna, Infanta of Spain, Later Archduchess of Austria, Queen of Hungary and Empress, as a child, by Bartolomé González y Serrano, National Trust, Cliveden.
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Maria Anna of SpainBorn: 18 August 1606 Died: 13 May 1646
|Empress of the Holy Roman Empire
German Queen, Archduchess consort of Austria
Title next held byMaria Leopoldine of Austria
|Queen consort of Hungary and Bohemia|