Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Bertha von Suttner

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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

Bertha von Suttner
b. 1843, Prague; d. 1914, Vienna

Austrian novelist and committed pacifist Bertha von Suttner wrote her most influential novel, Die Waffen nieder! (Lay Down Your Arms), in 1899. She founded the Austrian Peace Society in 1891, and edited the international pacifist journal Die Waffen nieder! from 1892 to 1899. It is widely believed that von Suttner's dedication to the peace movement influenced her friend and correspondent Alfred Nobel to establish the Nobel Prize for Peace, which von Suttner was awarded in 1905.

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