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

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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

Camilla
Mythic, worshipped in ancient Rome, circa 753 B.C.–A.D. 476

Camilla was a Roman warrior, queen of the Volsci, and daughter of King Metabus. She was allied with King Turnus, another of the ancient Roman kings, and helped him fight against the Trojan hero Aeneas, but was killed in the conflict. In Virgil's epic poem, the Aeneid (29–19 B.C.), Camilla is described as so fast that she could run across the sea without touching water and across a field of grain without disturbing the plants.

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