Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Novella D'Andrea

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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

Novella D'Andrea
Flourished circa 1325, Bologna, Italy

Novella d'Andrea was the daughter of Giovanni d'Andrea (ca. 1270/75–1348), a distinguished professor of canon (church) law at the University of Bologna. Novella herself became a legal scholar, lecturing at the university in her father's absence. Apparently quite beautiful, tradition has it that she delivered lectures from behind a curtain so as not to distract the students. The same story is told of Bettisia Gozzadini.

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