Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Maria Theresia von Paradis

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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 Theresia von Paradis
b. 1759, Vienna; d. 1824, Vienna

Blind from a very early age, Maria Theresia von Paradis played piano and worked as a composer in her hometown of Vienna, where Mozart wrote a piano concerto for her. For the stage, she composed Ariadne und Bacchus (1791); Der Schulkandidat (1792); the comedy-opera Rinaldo und Alcina (1797); as well as cantatas, songs, and works for piano. Von Paradis performed extensively in Vienna, toured in Paris and London, and founded a music institute in Vienna in 1808.

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