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Maria Salvatori

Date of birth unknown; d. 1647, Castelnuovo, Italy

Maria Salvatori, nicknamed “La Mercuria,” was an old woman when, in 1646, she was brought before the court on charges of witchcraft and satan worship. Under torture she named several accomplices, five of whom were convicted and beheaded in 1647. By that point, La Mercuria had died in prison.

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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