Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Juliana of Norwich

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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

Juliana of Norwich
b. circa 1342, probably Norwich, England; d. circa 1413, England

The biographical details of Juliana's life may be obscure—even her name is uncertain—but her text, Revelations of a Divine Love, is a landmark of medieval mysticism and theological literature in general. In 1373, suffering from an acute illness, she experienced a healing vision of Christ and the Virgin. Twenty years later, she wrote the Revelations, a meditation on the compassion and joy of God's love. Her optimistic perspective on Christian faith found a ready audience and she became a counselor whose advice was sought on spiritual matters. She lived as a recluse at Saint Julian's Church in Norwich.

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