Rudolph, Archduke of Austria

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Rudolph, Archduke of Austria Gender: M
Rudolph Johann Joseph Rainier
born on 8 January 1788 at 23:00 (= 11:00 PM )
Place Florence, Italy, 43n46, 11e15
Timezone LMT m11e15 (is local mean time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 18°25' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 23°01 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 02°24'

Archduke of Austria Rudolph


Archduke of Austria, Cardinal and Archbishop of Olomouc, and member of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine. 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 14 compositions to him.

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 Beethoven. The two became friends, and Rudolph became a supporter and patron of Beethoven; their meetings continued until 1824.

He died on 24 July 1831 in Baden bei Wien at the age of 43.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield forwarded news report from "Wiener Zeitung," 23 January 1788, p. 4: "Die Erzherzoginn Großherzoginn Von Toskana, welche mit Sr, K. H. vor einiger Zeit nach Pisa gekommen war, ist daselbst am 8. d. M. um. 11 Uhr Nachts von einem Prinzen glücklich entbunden worden, welcher der vierzehnte Sprosse dieses Königl. Hauses ist, und in der Tags darauf erfolgten Taufe die Nahmen: Rudolph, Johann, Joseph, Rainieri erhielt. Die Taufhandlung ver verrichtete der Erzbischof von Florenz, und der Kapuziner, Pater Ehrisostömus, war Pathe. Diese erfreuliche Begebenheit wurde zu Florenz durch den Donner der Kanonen angekündiget, und durch dreytägige Andachten, Gala und Freudensoste..."

[Translation: The Archduchess, who had come from Pisa with His Majesty, Grand Duke of Tuscany, on the 8th of March, at eleven o'clock at night, was happily delivered of a prince, the fourteenth child of this Royal House, and the next day was baptised with the names: Rudolph, Johann, Joseph, Rainier. The Archbishop of Florence decreed the baptism, and this delightful event was announced at Florence by the thunder of cannons, and by devotions, gala, and merry-making...].


  • Family : Relationship : Married late/never (Never)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids none
  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western (Archbishop)
  • Notable : Famous : Royal family (House of Habsburg-Lorraine)