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

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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

Carlotta Ferrari
b. 1837, Lodi, Italy; d. 1907, Bologna, Italy

Italian composer and poet Carlotta Ferrari lived mostly in Bologna, where she taught piano, wrote, and sang. Ferrari authored the librettos for her own operas (Ugo [dramma lirico, 4], 1857; Sofia [dramma lirico, 3], 1866; Eleonora d'Arborea [dramma lirico, 4], 1871), as well as the texts for her composed songs. Her poetry—which deals with patriotic and dramatic themes—and prose work were collected in the four-volume Versi e prose (1878–82).

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