Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Marie of Champagne

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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

Marie of Champagne
b. 1145, Champagne, France; d. 1198, France

Marie, the daughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine, was educated at the abbey of Avenay. In 1164, she married Henry I, count of Champagne, and when he left on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land she ruled as regent in his name, a title she again claimed after his death in 1181. She served as regent for a third time when her son, Henry II, who had assumed the role of count when he came of age, left on a crusade. She died in 1198 and was remembered not only for her role in politics but as a patron of literature, above all, the courtly poetry of the troubadours.

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