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

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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

Violante
b. circa 1365, France; d. 1431, France

In 1380, at the age of fifteen, the French countess Violante de Bar (also known as Yolande) married John I of Aragon, who became king of the Spanish kingdom in 1387. Her husband was often ill, and Violante wielded considerable administrative power on his behalf. She transformed the Aragonese court into a center of French culture, in particular cultivating the talents of Proven├žal troubadours (poet-musicians). After John's death in 1395, she dedicated herself to the education of her only surviving child, a daughter also named Violante.

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