Kanne, Anna Katharina

BORN 22 Aug 1746, Leipzig, Sachsen - DIED 20 May 1810, Leipzig, Sachsen
BIRTH NAME Schönkopf, Anne Katharina
GRAVE LOCATION Leipzig, Sachsen: Alter Johannisfriedhof

Daughter of an inn-keeper in Leipzig. The young Johann Wolfgang Goethe always took lunch at her family´s house and met her in 1766. He fell in love with her and they started a relationship that ended in 1768 because of his extreme jealousy. During their liaison Goethe wrote the Annettenlieder and the play "Die Laune des Verliebten".

Anna and Goethe corresponded until 1770. In that year she married the lawyer Dr. Christian Karl Kanne, who became vice mayor of Leipzig in later years. In 1776 Goethe visited her a final time in Leipzig.

Related persons
• had a relationship with Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von


The grave of Anna Katharina Kanne at the Alter Johannisfriedhof, Leipzig.
Picture by Androom (08 Feb 2005)


Karády, Katalin

Published: 26 Dec 2008
Last update: 03 Jan 2022