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Sister Wendy Beckett, Nun Who Became a BBC Star and Art Critic, Dies at 88

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Sister Wendy Beckett, a Roman Catholic nun who interrupted a cloistered life of prayer in England in 1991 and soared to international stardom with lyrical BBC documentaries that made her one of the most improbable art critics in television history, died on Wednesday in the village of East Harling, England. She was 88.


https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/26/obituaries/sister-wendy-beckett-dead.html

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/dec/26/sister-wendy-beckett-obituary

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendy_Beckett
 

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Some of her opinions were controversial.  I can appreciate where some of the criticism was coming from...perhaps I am on the fence about certain things.

https://www.economist.com/erasmus/2018/12/28/sister-wendy-beckett-made-a-difficult-combination-seem-effortless

Some art historians found her art criticism to be amateurish. I'm not sure how much of this is justified, not having watched much of her TV programming myself.  Her great intelligence certainly can't be questioned.  From what little I know, I find her to have been quite an extraordinary person.
 

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She was certainly fascinated by icons.  I believe she wrote a book or two on this subject.  She wanted to do a program on the BBC about them, but apparently by the time she proposed this topic the network was no longer interested in what she had to offer or simply didn't want to do a program about icons.
 

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Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord. And let perpetual Light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, Rest in Peace.
 
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