Much-loved BBC presenter Sister Wendy Beckett has died at the age of 88.

The nun presented a string of programmes for the broadcaster.

She was also a writer and an art critic.

She sadly passed away on Boxing Day.

The news was shared by a BBC journalist, who wrote: "Sad news. Sister Wendy Beckett, writer, art critic and presenter of a much loved and popular series of BBC programmes about painting has died."

Sister Wendy was a religious sister who became well known during the 1990s when she presented a series of documentaries for the BBC on the history of art.

She was known for her programmes, including Sister Wendy’s Odyssey and Sister Wendy’s Grand Tour.

Sister Wendy’s programmes were so popular that they often drew a 25% share of the British viewing audience.

In 1997, she made her debut on US television, and later that same year, the New York Times described her her "a sometime hermit who is fast on her way to becoming the most unlikely and famous art critic in the history of television."

Sister Wendy spent many years translating Medieval Latin scripts before deciding to pursue her love of art in 1980.

She published her first book, Contemporary Women Artists, in 1988.

The Sister went on to publish more books, including Sister Wendy Contemplates Saint Paul in Art in 2008, which was published to celebrate the Year Of Saint Paul.

A year later, she published her Encounters With God: In Quest of the Ancient Icons, which followed her pilgrimage to see the earliest icons of Mary which had survived the Byzantine Iconoclasm.

Sister Wendy continued writing about her interest in icons and in the second volume of her Sister Wendy Contemplates series, which was published in 2011.

The book was entitled The Iconic Jesus, and took the reader through scenes from the New Testament.

Sister Wendy landed a job presenting shows for the BBC after she was overheard commentating on the works she was viewing at an exhibition.

A film crew asked to videotape her and brought her to the attention of a BBC producer.

She made her television debut in 1992 with Sister Wendy’s Odyssey.

Read More

Showbiz and TV editor’s picks

  • Becks roasts his chestnuts
  • Michelle Keegan as Cher is incredible
  • Blanket is all grown up
  • The GC wants to win DOI

Source: Read Full Article