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” …