Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Herrad of Lansberg

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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

Herrad of Lansberg
b. circa 1130, Alsace; d. 1195, Alsace

Herrad was the abbess of the convent of Hohenberg in Alsace, and known for the creation of an illustrated encyclopaedia entitled Hortus deliciarum, or Garden of Delights. Meant as an educational tool for the nuns of her convent, the volume was dedicated to the battle between virtue and vice. Sadly, it was destroyed by a fire in Strasbourg in 1870, although preserved in a copy. Little else is known about Herrad's life.

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