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Sister Wendy's 100 Best-loved Paintings


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The nation's favourite art historian invites you to share her appreciation of 100 of her all-time favourite paintings.

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Sister Wendy Beckett (1930-2018) was a Carmelite nun, consecrated virgin and art historian who became world famous in the 1990s when she presented a series of BBC documentaries on the history of painting. She was the author of over thirty books, including the internationally bestselling The Story of Painting (Dorling Kindersley, 1997). Her most recent books include Sister Wendy’s Bible Treasury (SPCK, 2012) and The Art of Lent (SPCK, 2017).


‘As though writing personally to each reader, Sister Wendy narrates, explains, and speculates on great artistic creations, expressing how each in its own voice reminds us of what it is to be human. Her commentaries are informed by a profound study of art history, a discerning eye, and her compassionate understanding of the human spirit.’
*Hilliard T. Goldfarb, Senior Curator, Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal*

‘I often think of Sister Wendy when I give a tour or speak to the public. I hope that her legacy of joy and of pushing past expectations to share one’s knowledge will not leave us. It certainly won’t leave me.'
*Carmen Hermo, Associate Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, New York City*

'A beautifully produced and intriguing book, and a fitting tribute to the unique Sister Wendy. To the timeless delight of her commentaries is added the thrill of wondering who is in, for which paintings, and who is out of her top 100. Prepare yourself to be surprised.'
*Peter Stanford, author, journalist and broadcaster*

'The beauty and splendour of art has been with us throughout the ages, but Sister Wendy’s deep and insightful commentaries are utterly unique. You will want this splendid book for yourself but also to give to others.'
*Delia Smith, writer and broadcaster*

As always, Sister Wendy’s commentary is engaging and enjoyable. She had a unique gift for humanizing art and making it accessible to everyone [...] a delightful book and a perfect swan song for this much-loved icon.
*Daily Art Magazine*

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