Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Mahaut of Artois

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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

Mahaut of Artois
b. 1268, Artois, France; d. 1329, Paris

Mahaut was the daughter of Robert II, count of Artois, and wife to Otto IV, count of Burgundy. She inherited Artois after her father's death in 1302. Strong-willed and resilient, she weathered insurrections orchestrated by a nephew, as well as scandalous allegations of involvement in conspiracies against the French king. Mahaut was a patron of the arts, builder of hospitals, and philanthropist, giving often to the poor. Upon her death, Artois passed to her daughter, Jeanne II.

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