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

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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

Olga
b. circa 890; d. 969, Kiev, Russia

Olga ruled Kievan Rus', a Russian principality, with her husband, Igor, who she probably married around 903. After his death, she ruled as regent in the name of her minor son, Svyatoslav, from 945 to 964. She energetically pursued her husband's assassins, and murdered their followers by the hundreds. She was the first of the Rus' rulers to convert to Christianity. Olga was later canonized as the first Russian saint in the Orthodox Church.

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