Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Today in History - 26 February-1746 – Archduchess Maria Amalia of Austria- Born

Maria Amalia of Austria (26 February 1746 – 18 June 1804) was the Duchess of ParmaPiacenza and Guastalla by marriage. Maria Amalia was a daughter of Empress Maria Theresa and Emperor Francis I. She was thus younger sister to Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor and older sister to Leopold II, Holy Roman EmperorMaria Carolina, Queen of Naples and Marie Antoinette, Queen of France.
She was the eighth child of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria and Emperor Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor. Born at the Hofburg Imperial Palace, she was raised in theHabsburg Viennese court.
One of her paintings, St. Therese and the child Jesus, still exists today in a private collection.
Against her will, Amalia was married to Ferdinand of Parma (1751–1802). The marriage was supported by the future Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II, whose first beloved wife had been Ferdinand's sister, Princess Isabella of Parma. The Archduchess's marriage to the Duke of Parma was part of a complicated series of contracts that married off Maria Theresa's daughters to the King of Naples and Sicily and the Dauphin of France. All three sons-in-law were members of the House of Bourbon.

Maria Amalia with her sisters, Liesl(1743–1808), Josepha and Charlotte.