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Marie de France

Flourished circa 1160–1215, France and England

Little is known of Marie de France beyond that she is the earliest known female French poet. She may have been part of the court of Eleanor of Aquitaine, who was a great patron of literature. Marie composed verse narratives called lais, with romantic and magical themes, and collections of fables known as Ysopets. Other writings include the Legend of the Purgatory of Saint Patrick and the Life of Saint Audrey. Her works indicate that she was a highly cultivated woman, well versed in Latin and local lore.

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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