Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Gisela of Kerzenbroeck

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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

Gisela of Kerzenbroeck
Date of birth unknown; d. 1300, Rulle, Germany

Gisela (Gisle), a nun in the northern German city of Rulle, worked most of her life illustrating manuscripts. An inscription in a manuscript now known as the Codex Gisle identifies her as the artist; the inscription was written by a contemporary shortly after Gisela's death in 1300. Inside the Codex, the pages for Christmas and Easter contain images of kneeling nuns, one of which has been identified as Gisela's self-portrait.

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