Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Jeanne de Pompodour

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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

Jeanne de Pompodour
b. 1721, Paris; d. 1764, Versailles

Jeanne de Pompadour married Charles-Guillaume Le Normant d'Étioles, a French financier and family friend, by whom she had one child. After the death of King Louis XV's mistress in 1744, Jeanne became involved with the king and obtained a legal separation from her husband. While serving as secretary to the king, she made an enduring contribution to French culture as the sponsor of a number of artistic and architectural projects, including the Petit Trianon at Versailles, a new wing at the palace of Fontainebleau, and the Château de Bellevue.

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