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

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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

Odilla
b. circa 660, Alsace; d. circa 720, Alsace

The correct spelling of this name is ODILIA.

The basic facts of the life of Saint Odilia (Odile), founder of two monasteries in Alsace, are difficult to separate from the fictions attached to her sainthood. She seems to have been born blind—she is traditionally associated with cures for eye maladies—and because of this was ordered to be killed by her father, a Frankish nobleman. Odilia's mother rescued her, however, by sending her to a convent. The story goes that her sight was miraculously restored when she received baptism at the age of twelve. She returned to Alsace and, in 690, established the Hohenburg nunnery on what is now called Mount Odilienberg, where she served as abbess. A few years later, not far from Hohenburg, she founded Niederm√ľnster monastery, along with a hospital for the needy.

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