Emperor Leopold II, oil on canvas, 1st half of 19th century

Leopold II

Grand Duke of Tuscany (1765–1790), emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and ruler of the Habsburg Monarchy (1790–1792)

Born 5 May 1747 in Vienna
Died 1 March 1792 in Vienna

Motto: ‘Pietate et Concordia – By piety and concord’

As a ruler Leopold II was prepared to initiate reforms. Following the death of his father, he became regent of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, where he was known as ‘Pietro Leopoldo’. When his brother Joseph II died he succeeded him as ruler in the patrimonial lands and as Holy Roman Emperor. He died only eighteen months after ascending the throne, but left sixteen children to continue the Habsburg-Lorraine dynasty. For this reason his brother Joseph II called him the ‘splendid populator’.

Emperor Leopold II, oil on canvas, 1st half of 19th century