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

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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

Macrina
b. circa A.D. 330, Cappadocia (modern-day Turkey); d. circa 379, Cappadocia

Macrina, also known as Saint Macrina the Younger, was engaged at a young age but her fiancé died before the wedding. She thereafter took a vow of chastity, became an ascetic, and devoted herself to study of the Bible. Shortly after her death around 379, her brother, the theologian Gregory of Nyssa, published a biography of his beloved sister, called Dialogue on the Soul and Resurrection, which recounts in particular one of their last conversations, concerning heaven. Gregory's text is the primary source of information about Macrina's life. Her feast day is July 19.

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