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

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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

Begga
Date of birth unknown; d. 693, Ardenne, France

Begga married Ansegisel, son of Bishop Arnulf of Metz, France. They had one son, Pippin II, who became the founder of the Carolingian dynasty. When Begga's husband died in a hunting accident in 691, she became a nun, founded seven churches throughout France, and then built a convent in the city of Ardenne, where she spent the rest of her life as abbess. She was later canonized by the Catholic Church.

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