Thursday, 27 December 2018

Farewell, Sister Wendy...

Feb 25, 1930 - Dec 26, 2018

I was saddened to hear about the passing of the epic art nun, Sister Wendy Beckett, which happened only yesterday.  She was 88.

I knew about this interesting woman back in my high school days, in art class, where we would watch videos of her, where she'd often gush over the eroticism in the paintings she would describe in detail, which made it all so amusing, her being a Carmelite nun.  She apparently developed quite the following from her BBC documentary series, and seemed like a genuine human being.  There were some comedy show parodies of her as well - not sure how she felt about those, but she was a compelling speaker and again, it was amusing to see a nun discuss nudes to the degree that she did.

Carmelites are my fave to read about, I think, of the nuns I have been interested in.  St Teresa of Avila was also a real character, and I might have to do a blog post about her and her work sometime too.


UPDATE:  Found this interesting video of her discussing the saints - one of my favourite subject matters.  Enjoy!

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