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Balcony Room (c) SKB

The paintings in the Balcony Room were executed by the court painter Martin van Meytens and show some of Maria Theresa’s children. Among them is Maria Elisabeth, who was considered to be Maria Theresa’s most beautiful daughter and thus a splendid match. However, she contracted smallpox, and while she eventually recovered, her face was so disfigured by scarring that there was no hope of finding her a husband of equal rank. Like her sister Maria Anna who also never married, she remained at the Viennese court until the death of their mother, subsequently moving to Innsbruck, where she resided as abbess of a religious foundation for ladies of the nobility. Maria Anna also spent the rest of her life as an abbess in Klagenfurt.

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