Painting of the Spanish painter Diego Velasquez “Queen Maria-Anna of Austria”. The size of the portrait is 231 x 131 cm, canvas, oil. The portrait depicts the second wife of the monarch Philip IV Queen Maria-Anna of Spain, Austrian Archduchess of the Austrian Habsburg dynasty, daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III, mother of the King of Spain Carl II and Empress of the Holy Roman Empire Margarita Theresa.
At fifteen, Maria-Anne of Austria married her native uncle, the Spanish King Philip IV. From this marriage, six children were born, but only two of them reached adulthood – Margarita-Theresa
Maria-Anna remained regent for most of her life. By its very nature, a very cheerful young girl, Maria-Anna has become melancholic, morose and withdrawn over the years under the influence of strict Spanish court etiquette. Maria-Anna made numerous attempts to approve one of the Habsburgs as the heir to her childless son.
However, all the efforts of Maria-Anna ended in failure and after the death of Charles II, a war broke out for the Spanish heritage, and Maria-Anna retired to Toledo, where she became a nun. Maria-Anne of Austria died in 1696, she was buried in Madrid.