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

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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

Marcellina
b. circa 330/335, Rome; d. 398, Milan

Marcellina, sister of Saint Ambrose, chose a life of chastity and asceticism, moving from Rome to Milan when her brother became bishop of that city. In 353, while still in Rome, she received the veil of virginity from Pope Liberius along with advice about her duties in preserving virginal purity. She died in Milan in 398 and her feast day is recognized by the Catholic Church on July 17 each year.

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