Popular T.V. Art Historian Sister Wendy Beckett Dies

Popular television art historian Sister Wendy Beckett has died at the age of 88.

Sister Wendy rose to fame in the 90s as she hosted unscripted shows on BBC where she would give art history from various museums and galleries around the world. Beckett was born in South Africa, before moving to Edinburgh as a child and joining a convent at the age of 16.

In 1950, Beckett was sent to Oxford University, where she ended up earning a Congratulatory First Class degree in English literature. She was granted permission from her convent to study art, which she began to do through books and reproductions. Eventually, she was asked to present a documentary on the National Gallery in London.

From there, she went on to host “Odyssey,” “Sister Wendy’s Grand Tour” and “Sister Wendy’s Story of Painting.”

Source: Sister Wendy Beckett, BBC art historian, is dead at 88 – CBS News

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