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

signature image

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 Kirch
b. 1670, Panitsch, Germany; d. 1720, Berlin

Although astronomer Maria Kirch did not receive a formal education, her husband, Gottfried Kirch, shared his knowledge of science with her. They worked as a team on calendars and ephemeredes (tables showing planet, sun, and moon positions), but only he was permitted to work for the Berlin Academy of Sciences. She discovered "the comet of 1702" and in 1710 published A Discourse on the Approaching Conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn, Etc. In 1712, she began working in Baron von Krosigk's observatory, continuing there until the baron's death, at which point she joined her son, also an astronomer, in the Berlin Academy, where she worked until her own death.

Related Place Setting

Caroline Herschel

Related Heritage Floor Entries

Katherine Bethlen
Louyse Bourgeois
Annie Jump Cannon
Margaret Cavendish
Mrs. Cellier
Marie Colinet
Frau Cramer
Maria Cunitz
Genevieve D'Arconville
Baroness de Beausaleil
Angelique de Coudray
Justine Dietrich
Emilie du Chatelet
Jeanne Dumeè
Sophie Germain

Anne Halkett
Mother Hutton
Josephine Kablick
Mary Lamb
Mary Lavoisier
Louise le Gras
Hortense Lepaut
Dorothea Leporin-Erxleben
Jeanne Mance
Anna Manzolini
Martha Mears
Renier Michiel
Maria Mitchell
Mary Somerville
Dorothy Wordsworth

SEARCH