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

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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

Maria Cunitz
b. circa 1610, Silesia, Poland; d. 1664, Silesia, Poland

Astronomer Maria Cunitz is best known for her 1650 book Urania Propitia, in which she reinterpreted and simplified the work of astronomer Johannes Kepler. The book, which included a preface by her husband disclaiming authorship, clarified Kepler's theories about planetary motion by providing new tables and calculation methods.

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