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Sister Wendy Beckett

Sister Wendy Beckett (born February 25, 1930) is a South African-born British art expert, consecrated virgin and contemplative hermit who became an unlikely celebrity during the 1990s, presenting a series of acclaimed art history documentaries for the BBC.
Here are some links to her PBS series:
PBS Articles
Meet Sister Wendy


Update December 26, 2018: RIP Sister Wendy. I noticed a bit of traffic coming to this page and I wanted to update it with the news of her passing1 and another video since the one I originally published wasn’t displaying. I watched every episode of her show and I really enjoyed her perspective on life as much as art. Anytime I come across news or anything that interests me, I generally do a quick review. Something I had not noticed previously is that Sister Wendy lived and died in Quidenham2, which is the neighboring village of Wymondham3. I also noticed that within the origins of the Carmelite nuns is a rule forbidding the consumption of meat. Both of which are also things I have an interest in. Perhaps I’ll revisit this post one day and write a longer and more thoughtful recollection, in her style, of my admiration for Sister Wendy Beckett and her take on life and art.


1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendy_Beckett
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quidenham
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wymondham
4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmelites