Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Matilda of Flanders

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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

Matilda of Flanders
b. circa 1031, Flanders; d. 1083, France

Matilda, the daughter of a count, grew up accustomed to wealth and power. Around 1051, she married William the Conqueror, duke of Normandy, who later became king of England. After 1066, she served as regent of the duchy of Normany during her husband's frequent absences in England. It has been suggested that she was the creator of the Bayeux Tapestry, a large embroidered cloth that commemorates the Battle of Hastings, which was fought on October 14, 1066, between the Normans and the Anglo-Saxon army of England. The tapestry has also been attributed to Edith of Wessex. Upon her death, Matilda was buried at the Church of La Trinité in Caen, France.

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