LONDON (AP) — Sister Wendy Beckett, an art historian and critic who rose to prominence on TV late in life, has died. She was 88.
The Carmelite Monastery of Quidenham said Beckett died at the monastery Wednesday afternoon.
She was a sister of the Catholic Church who became prominent in the 1990s presenting BBC shows about art history.
Her work included a series of well received documentaries including “Sister Wendy’s Odyssey” and “Sister Wendy’s Grand Tour.”
“Sister Wendy had a unique presentation style, a deep knowledge of and passion for the arts,” BBC director of arts Jonty Claypole said. “She was a hugely popular BBC presenter and will be fondly remembered by us all.”
Close friend Xinran Xue said Beckett’s death was “a huge loss for the art world. She was a brilliant art critic.”
Beckett was born in South Africa and raised in Scotland. She joined a convent at 16 and started studying fine art in the 1980s.
She taught in Cape Town, South Africa, and Liverpool in northern England.