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TV Art Critic Dead at 88

Dec 26, 2018  •  Post A Comment

A sister of the Catholic Church who became a prominent art historian and critic through her appearances on BBC television programs has died. The AP reports that Sister Wendy Beckett died Wednesday afternoon. She was 88.

“Her work included a series of well-received documentaries including ‘Sister Wendy’s Odyssey’ and ‘Sister Wendy’s Grand Tour,'” the AP reports. “The BBC said it commissioned Beckett in 1991 to host a TV documentary on the National Gallery in London. She stood in front of the paintings dressed in a black nun’s habit and discussed the paintings without a script or teleprompter.”

Born in South Africa and raised in Scotland, Beckett taught in Cape Town, South Africa, and Liverpool, England.

Here’s a clip of Sister Wendy examining Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” …

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