Princess Maria Antonia of Parma

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Maria Antonia
Princess of Parma
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Maria Antonia with her siblings in 1779.
Full name
Italian: Maria Antonia Giuseppa Walburga Anna Luisa Vicenza Margherita Caterina
House House of Bourbon
Father Ferdinand, Duke of Parma
Mother Maria Amalia of Austria
Born (1774-11-28)28 November 1774
Parma, Italy
Died 20 February 1841(1841-02-20) (aged 66)
Rome, Italy

Maria Antonia of Parma (or Marie-Antoinette) (Maria Antonia Giuseppa Walburga Anna Luisa Vicenza Margherita Caterina; 28 November 1774 – 20 February 1841) was a Princess of Parma, daughter of Duke Ferdinand I of Parma and his wife, Archduchess Maria Amalia of Austria. Contrary to what has been frequently stated, she was not named after her aunt, Queen Marie Antoinette of France, who was not her godmother. Maria Antonia's godparents were her uncle, Emperor Joseph II, and her father's aunt, Maria Antonia of Spain, Queen of Sardinia, after whom the princess was named.[1]


Maria Antonia grew up with her brother and sisters in the ducal court of Parma, where she was affectionately known as Tognina.

She was a gifted painter and received her training from Giuseppe Baldrighi and Domenico Muzzi, both court painters and professors of the Academy of Fine Arts of Parma.

A quiet person, Maria Antonia never married and became an Ursuline novice in 1802. The following year, on 22 April 1803, she officially received the habit of an Ursuline nun and changed her name to Sister Louise Marie (Luigia Maria).

During the following years she led a quiet and modest life in the Ursuline convent in Parma. After many years of living there, on 9 May 1831, she moved to the Convent of St Agatha in Rome, where she died in 1841.


Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 28 November 1774 – 20 February 1841 Her Royal Highness Princess Maria Antonia of Parma


  1. ^ Patrick van Kerrebrouck, Nouvelle Histoire Généalogique de l'Auguste Maison de France", (1987) p. 433.

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