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Maria de Ventadorn

Date of birth unknown; d. circa 1222, probably France

Maria de Ventadorn (also called Marie de Turenne) was one of the female troubadours—poet-musicians—of the twelfth century, sometimes called trobairitz, who flourished in southern France. Also a patron of troubadours, she appears as a character in many poems of the time. Her one known piece is structured as a debate with alternating verses written by Marie and another poet, Gui d’Ussel. The poem addresses the relative status of a man and woman in a love relationship.

Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). <em>The Dinner Party</em> (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
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

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