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

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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

Radegund
b. circa 520, probably Erfurt, Thuringia, Germany; d. 586, Poitiers, France

Radegund (Radegunda) was born in Thuringia, a German kingdom, and was orphaned at a young age. She was forced to marry Clotaire I, king of the Franks, becoming one of his four wives. She ministered to the poor and infirm and founded a leper hospital. When Clotaire I assassinated her brother (reasons unclear), she fled the court and became a nun. About 557, she established a convent in Poitiers and there became a close friend to a famous poet, Venantius Fortunatus, and a famous historian, Gregory of Tours. She was canonized by the Catholic Church in the ninth century.

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