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

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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

b. circa 1045, probably Hungary; d. 1093, Edinburgh, Scotland

Daughter of the English prince Edward the Exile, Margaret was raised in Hungary. In 1069/70, she married Malcolm III, king of Scotland (ruled 1057–93). As queen, she was considered an exemplar of the just ruler and her influence on Scottish culture was far-reaching. She introduced continental customs and fashion to the Scottish court and embarked on a reform program in the Scottish church. She established Benedictine monasteries in the country, built hostels for the poor, and was a patron of the arts. Margaret died in 1093, three days after receiving the news that her husband and son had been killed in a seige. She was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church in 1250.

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