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

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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

Thecla
Perhaps legendary, reputedly b. Iconium, Turkey; d. Seleucia, Turkey, dates uncertain

Saint Thecla is known from the Acts of Paul and Thecla, a noncanonical text which first appeared around A.D. 180. According to the text, she was a virgin from Iconium, converted to Christianity from paganism by Saint Paul and saved from death several times by divine intercession. She spent much of her life preaching Christian theology, earning the title "Apostle among women."

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