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

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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

Theodora III
b. circa 985, Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul); d. 1056, Constantinople

Theodora was the daughter of the Byzantine emperor Constantine VIII and the younger sister of Zoë. She spent much of her life in a convent—once confined there by her sister—but reigned twice: in 1042, as co-ruler with Zoë when her nephew, Zoë's son Michael V, was dethroned, and again at the end of her life, upon the death of her brother-in-law, Constantine IX, from January 11, 1055, until her death.

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