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

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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 Svensen
b. circa 1660, Sweden; d. 1669, Älfdalen, Sweden

In 1668/69, in the town of Älfdalen, Sweden, an eight-year-old girl named Gertrude Svenson was accused by a fifteen-year-old boy of stealing children for the devil. This was followed by a trial in which seventy other people were implicated. All of them were found guilty and burned at the stake.

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