Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Mary Bonaventure

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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

Mary Bonaventure
b. circa 1610, Ireland; d. circa 1694, Ireland

Mary Bonaventure Browne served as abbess of a Franciscan convent of Poor Clares founded in 1642 in Galway, Ireland. Mary was apparently fluent in English, Irish, and Spanish. She wrote a memoir of her experiences in the Galway convent (1647–50), which was recently published as Recollections of an Irish Poor Clare in the Seventeenth Century (1993).

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