Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Baptista Malatesta

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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

Baptista Malatesta
Date of birth unknown; d. 1450, Urbino, Italy

Baptista, daughter of the count of Urbino, married Galeazzo Malatesta, later the much-hated lord of Pesaro, in 1405. Educated in philosophy and languages, she was a poet and orator who corresponded with other scholars of the time. After Galeazzo was driven from Pesaro, Baptista returned to Urbino and spent her remaining years as a nun of the Franciscan order at Santa Chiara.

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