Maria Anna of Bavaria (born 1574)

Maria Anna of Bavaria (18 December 1574 – 8 March 1616), was a German princess, a member of the House of Wittelsbach by birth and Archduchess consort of Inner Austria by marriage.

Maria Anna of Bavaria
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Portrait by Joseph Heintz the Elder, 1604
Archduchess consort of Inner Austria
Tenure23 April 1600 – 8 March 1616
Born(1574-12-08)8 December 1574
Munich, Bavaria, Holy Roman Empire
Died8 March 1616(1616-03-08) (aged 41)
Graz, Austria, Holy Roman Empire
FatherWilliam V, Duke of Bavaria
MotherRenata of Lorraine

Born in Munich, she was the fourth child and second (but eldest surviving) daughter of William V, Duke of Bavaria and Renata of Lorraine.


On 23 April 1600, Maria Anna married her first-cousin[1] Ferdinand, Archduke of Inner Austria at Graz Cathedral. This marriage reaffirmed the alliance between the House of Habsburg and House of Wittelsbach. Without interfering in politics, Maria Anna lived in her husband's shadow.

Maria Anna died in Graz aged 41, three years before the coronation of her husband as King of Bohemia and King of Hungary and his elevation to Holy Roman Emperor. She was buried in the Mausoleum near the Cathedral, Graz.[2]


  • Archduchess Christine (25 May 1601 – 12/21 June 1601).
  • Archduke Charles (born and died 25 May 1603).
  • Archduke John-Charles (1 November 1605 – 28 December 1619).
  • Ferdinand III (13 July 1608 – 2 April 1657), Holy Roman Emperor, King of Hungary and Bohemia, married:
  • Archduchess Maria Anna (13 January 1610 – 25 September 1665), married on 15 July 1635 to Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria (her uncle).
  • Archduchess Cecilia Renata (16 July 1611 – 24 March 1644), married on 9 August 1637 to Wladyslaw IV, King of Poland (her cousin).
  • Archduke Leopold Wilhelm (6 January 1614 – 20 November 1662), Bishop of Passau and Strasbourg (1625–37), Olmütz (1637–55), Breslau (1655–62), Governor of the Spanish Netherlands (1647–56), Grand Master of the Teutonic Order (1641–62).



  1. ^ Ferdinand's mother was Maria Anna of Bavaria. sister of William V.
  2. ^ WITTELSBACH KURFÜRSTEN OF BAVARIA in: Archived 2016-09-05 at the Wayback Machine [retrieved 8 April 2015].