Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Albertine Necker de Saussure

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Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Albertine Necker de Saussure
b. 1766, Geneva; d. 1841, Vallée du Salève, near Geneva

Albertine-Adrienne Necker de Saussure, a writer and educator, was a cousin by marriage and intimate friend of the writer and political propagandist Germaine de Staël. While de Saussure's reputation and intellectual prestige did not match that of her cousin, her work L'éducation progressive (1828) was an influential tract on the education of women. She also wrote a biography of Madame de Staël for the first collected edition of her works (1821).

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