Synopses & Reviews
Not since Gombrich's Story of Art has a popular guide to painting been so accessible and influential. This stunning guide to 800 years of Western art moves effortlessly from Byzantium to Bauhaus via 750 full-color photographs and illustrations, and Sister Wendy's benchmark style: informative, conversational, engaging. Movements are highlighted, as are individual artists, and the various techniques they use as masters are brilliantly exposed.
About the Author
Sister Wendy Beckett is a member of the Notre Dame order, a teaching order of nuns. She studied for her degree in English at St. Anne's College, Oxford where she graduated with highest honors. After teaching in South Africa, she returned to England in 1970 to live a fully contemplative life under the protection of a Carmelite monastery in Norfolk, where she lives in seclusion to this day. A lifelong art lover and recognized art historian, Sister Wendy began serious study of the subject in 1980. She writes for many art magazines and her wildly popular BBC television series, Sister Wendy's Odyssey, Sister Wendy's Grand Tour, and Sister Wendy's Story of Painting are seen on PBS.