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

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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

Martha Baretskaya
Flourished circa 1471–78, Novgorod, Russia

The correct spelling of this name is MARFA BORETSKAYA.

Marfa Boretskaya, a wealthy landowner, was the mayor of the Russian city of Novgorod. Sometimes simply called the Mayoress (Posadnitsa), Marfa organized the people of Novgorod against Ivan III, who as the prince of Russia was trying to annex the city to Moscow. When Novgorod fell to the Muscovites in 1478, Marfa was arrested, her property confiscated, and she was sent into exile.

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