Sister Wendy Beckett Obituary

(1930 - 2018)
Sister Wendy Beckett (1930 – 2018) was the unlikely star of art history documentary programs on the BBC. She died at the Carmelite Monastery in Quidenham at the age of 88.

Sister Wendy began studying art history in the 1980s, mostly through books and going to galleries. She wrote a book on art history in 1988 to help her convent earn money.

In 1991, the BBC had her host a documentary on the National Gallery in London. Sister Wendy stood in front of paintings without a script and talked about them.

The program was successful and she hosted more documentaries for the BBC including “Sister Wendy's Grand Tour” and “Sister Wendy's Story of Painting.”

She became popular with US audiences when she hosted “Sister Wendy’s American Collection,” where she went to American museums to discuss art masterpieces. Her last television documentary was 2002’s “Sister Wendy at the Norton Simon Museum,” which is in Pasadena, California.

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