Shortly afterwards, Anna's mother married Duke Johann Friedrich II of Saxony (1529–1595). On 4 November 1555, six months after her second marriage, her mother died under mysterious circumstances. The 11-year-old orphan then returned to her late father's Dresden court and was placed under the guardianship of her uncle August and his wife, Anne of Denmark and Norway .
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Anna of Prussia, Electress consort of Brandenburg: 3 Jul 1576 30 Aug 1625 John Sigismund, Elector of Brandenburg, had issue Philip of Bavaria, Cardinal of Bavaria: 22 Sep 1576 18 May 1598 Philip Medici, Prince of Tuscany: 20 May 1577 29 Mar 1582 Ferdinand of Bavaria, Prince-Archbishop of Cologne: 6 Oct 1577 13 Sep 1650
Christiane Eberhardine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth (19 December 1671 – 4 September 1727) was Electress of Saxony from 1694 to 1727 (her death) and Queen Consort of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1697 to 1727 by marriage to Augustus II the Strong.
Maria Anna and Ferdinand had no children. Ferdinand succeeded as emperor of Austria on 2 March 1835; Maria Anna became empress. On 12 September 1836 she was crowned queen of Bohemia in Prague. Maria Anna never learned to speak German during her tenure as empress, but preferred to speak French.
Maria Anna, Infanta of Spain, Later Archduchess of Austria, Queen of Hungary and Empress, as a child, by Bartolomé González y Serrano, National Trust, Cliveden. Infantin Maria Anna, Kaiserin, in ganzer Figur (1617), by Bartolomé González y Serrano , Kunsthistorisches Museum , Vienna .
Hans-Joachim Böttcher, Anna Prinzessin von Sachsen (1544-1577) - Eine Lebenstragödie, Dresden 2013, ISBN 978-3-941757-39-4. Maurice, Elector of Saxony House of Wettin