Archduke Rudolf of Austria

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Rudolph Johann Joseph Rainer
Archduke of Austria
Cardinal, Archbishop of Olomouc
MetropolisArchdiocese of Olomouc
Installed24 March 1819
Term ended24 July 1831
PredecessorMaria Thaddäus von Trautmannsdorff
SuccessorFerdinand Maria Chotek von Chotkow
Other post(s)Archduke of Austria
Ordination19 March 1805
Consecration26 September 1819
by Sigismund Anton von Hohenwart
Created cardinal4 June 1819
RankCardinal-Priest of S. Pietro in Montorio
Personal details
Born(1788-01-08)8 January 1788
Florence, Tuscany
Died24 July 1831(1831-07-24) (aged 43)
Baden, Lower Austria
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post(s)Coadjutor of Anton Theodor von Colloredo-Waldsee-Mels, Archbishop of Olomouc (1805–1811)
Coat of armsRudolph Johann Joseph Rainer Archduke of Austria's coat of arms
Styles of
Rudolph von Habsburg-Lothringen
External Ornaments of a Cardinal Bishop.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Rudolph Johann Joseph Rainier, Archduke of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, Cardinal-Archbishop of Olomouc (8 January 1788 – 24 July 1831), was a member of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine, and an Austrian clergyman and noble. He was consecrated as Archbishop of Olomouc (Olmütz) in 1819 and became cardinal in the same year. Rudolph is known for his patronage of the arts, most notably as sponsor of Ludwig van Beethoven, who dedicated several of his works to him.


Born in the Pitti Palace in Florence, Tuscany, he was the youngest son of Emperor Leopold II and Maria Louisa of Spain. In 1803 or 1804, Rudolph began taking lessons in piano and composition from Ludwig van Beethoven. The two became friends, and Rudolph became a supporter and patron of Beethoven; their meetings continued until 1824. Beethoven dedicated 14 compositions to Rudolph, including the Archduke Trio, the Hammerklavier Sonata, the Emperor Concerto and the Missa Solemnis. Piano Sonata No. 26 - Les Adieux ("The Farewells") was gifted to Rudolf just before his flight from Vienna with the Royal family on the occasion of the 1809 invasion by Napoleon. The movements are "Lebewohl", "Abwesenheit", and "Wiedersehen" ('farewell', 'absence', and 'reunion'). Rudolph dedicated one of his own compositions to Beethoven. The letters Beethoven wrote to Rudolph are today kept at the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna.

Schubert and Ferdinand Ries also dedicated works to Rudolf.[1]

On 24 March 1819 aged 31 Rudolph was appointed, Archbishop of Olomouc, in the present day Czech Republic but then part of the Austrian Empire. He was made Cardinal-Priest of the titular church of S. Pietro in Montorio by Pope Pius VII on 4 June 1819. He was ordained a priest on 29 August 1819, and consecrated a bishop on 26 September.

In 1823–24, he was one of the 50 composers who composed a variation on a waltz by Anton Diabelli for Vaterländischer Künstlerverein. In Rudolph's case, the music was published anonymously, as by "S.R.D" (standing for Serenissimus Rudolfus Dux).

He died on 24 July 1831 of a cerebral hemorrhage in Baden bei Wien at the age of 43 and was interred in the Imperial Crypt in Vienna; his heart was buried in the crypt in Saint Wenceslas Cathedral in Olomouc.


Approximately in reverse chronological order.[2]

  1. Archduke Rudolph of Austria
  2. Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor
  3. Maria Louisa of Spain
  4. Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor, also Francis III Stephen, Duke of Lorraine
  5. Maria Theresa of Austria, Queen of Hungary & Bohemia
  6. Charles III of Spain
  7. Maria Amalia of Saxony
  8. Leopold, Duke of Lorraine
  9. Princess Élisabeth Charlotte of Orléans
  10. Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor
  11. Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
  12. Philip V of Spain
  13. Elisabeth of Parma
  14. . Augustus III of Poland, Elector of Saxony
  15. Maria Josepha of Austria
  16. Charles V, Duke of Lorraine
  17. Eleonora Maria Josefa of Austria, Queen Dowager of Poland-Lithuania
  18. Philippe I, Duke of Orléans
  19. Countess Palatine Elizabeth Charlotte of Simmern
  20. Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor
  21. Eleonore-Magdalena of Neuburg
  22. Louis Rudolph, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
  23. Princess Christine Louise of Oettingen-Oettingen
  24. Louis, Dauphin of France
  25. Duchess Maria Anna of Bavaria
  26. Edward II Farnese, Duke of Parma
  27. Countess Palatine Dorothea Sophie of Neuburg
  28. Augustus II of Poland, Elector of Saxony
  29. Christiane Eberhardine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth
  30. Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor
  31. Wilhelmina Amalia of Brunswick-Calenberg


  1. ^ See IMSLP: Schubert's Piano Sonata No.16 (D.845) and Ries' piano quartet Op.129 in E minor.
  2. ^ Genealogie ascendante jusqu'au quatrieme degre inclusivement de tous les Rois et Princes de maisons souveraines de l'Europe actuellement vivans [Genealogy up to the fourth degree inclusive of all the Kings and Princes of sovereign houses of Europe currently living] (in French). Bourdeaux: Frederic Guillaume Birnstiel. 1768. p. 109.

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Preceded by
Archbishop of Olomouc
Succeeded by