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

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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

Isotta Nogarola
b. circa 1418, Verona, Italy; d. 1466, Verona, Italy

Isotta Nogarola was born into a wealthy Veronese family who had her educated by tutors from a young age. She did not marry or seek a religious path, but rather spent her life writing and corresponding with other Italian scholars of the time. Her most famous work, De pari aut impari Evae atque Adae peccato (Of the Equal or Unequal Sin of Adam and Eve, 1451), was based on correspondence with the scholar Ludovico Foscarini, in which they debate the relative guilt of Adam and Eve in their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

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