Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Gertrude of Hackeborn

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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

Gertrude of Hackeborn
b. 1223, near Halberstadt, Germany; d. 1292, Helfta, Germany

Gertrude of Hackeborn became an abbess at the convent in Rodersdorf, Germany, at the age of nineteen. In 1253, she founded a convent in Hedersleben, but transferred the community to Helfta five years later. Gertrude served as abbess of Helfta for the rest of her life, during which time the convent became a center of mysticism in Germany, producing devotees given to prophetic visions such as Gertrude the Great and the abbess' sister, Mechthild.

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