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

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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

Etheldreda
b. circa 636, Exning, Suffolk, England; d. 679, Ely, England

Etheldreda (Aethelthryth, Audrey) was born in eastern England, the daughter of King Anna of East Anglia. She married twice and in both marriages was said to have kept a vow of virginity, to the extent that she fled to a convent when her second husband tried to force a consummation of their marriage. In 673, she founded a monastery in the city of Ely, and many of her relatives and descendants followed her as its abbesses until the monastery was destroyed by the Danes in 870.

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