Sister Wendy's 1000 Masterpieces

Sister Wendy's 1000 Masterpieces

Wendy Beckett / Jan 23, 2020

Sister Wendy s Masterpieces This handsome tome is packed to the gills with paintings and while readers might disagree with any of Sister Wendy Beckett s choices that s half the fun perhaps there are still hundreds of unforge

  • Title: Sister Wendy's 1000 Masterpieces
  • Author: Wendy Beckett
  • ISBN: 9780751307177
  • Page: 331
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  • This handsome tome is packed to the gills with paintings, and while readers might disagree with any of Sister Wendy Beckett s choices that s half the fun, perhaps , there are still hundreds of unforgettable works of art that nearly any reader can appreciate Most of the pictures, even those that seem unprepossessing at first glance, are made riveting by Sister Wendy s quiThis handsome tome is packed to the gills with paintings, and while readers might disagree with any of Sister Wendy Beckett s choices that s half the fun, perhaps , there are still hundreds of unforgettable works of art that nearly any reader can appreciate Most of the pictures, even those that seem unprepossessing at first glance, are made riveting by Sister Wendy s quirky, personal narratives, in which the simplest of images is suddenly rendered a dramatic focal point A perfectly ordinary Dutch scene by Hendrick Avercamp Frozen River, 1620 shows people going about their business on a lively patch of ice where children play hockey and adults chat and work Sister Wendy seizes on a fishing hole cut into the ice through which a circle of cold, black water is apparent The hole that has been cut in the ice can frighten us when our eye falls into it, and this is the only hint of the inherent danger of the scene, she writes ominously In Anthony Van Dyck s magnificent portrait of Charles I of England, she observes of his regal hauteur, In hindsight we can see the tragedy that a man so remote from common humanity, so superb in his conceit, must be heading for a fall There are bound to be some infelicitous matches in a book that is arranged alphabetically, such as the pages shared by Robert Mangold s hot, geometric Four Color Frame Painting No 1, 1983, and Andrea Mantegna s profoundly reverent Dead Christ, 1480 And Rosalba Carriera s portraits look decidedly meretricious across from those of the masterful Mary Cassatt But all in all, this is a page turner with brief captions that offer guidance to any reader in search of the telling note that draws one to a work of art, whatever its era, style, size, or subject Martha Hardin

    Sister Wendy s Masterpieces Wendy Beckett, Patricia Sister Wendy s Masterpieces Hardcover October , by Wendy Beckett Author Sister Wendy s Masterpieces Sister Wendy Beckett Oct , Well, the title did say Sister Wendy s Masterpieces, not your thousand or mine And what about logical organization by nation, era, medium, subject, even dominant color fer cryin out loud No, there is no order. Sister Wendy s Masterpieces by Sister Wendy Beckett Sister Wendy Beckett writes about art in a style that is idiosyncratic, fresh, and perceptive In Masterpieces, she applies her unique intensity to what most inspires her in the artist s work as well as to the essential life events that shaped the work. Sister Wendy s Masterpieces by Wendy Beckett Jan , It s an art history book in which Sister Wendy Beckett savior of most art history majors, so I hear analyzes pieces of artwork, mostly paintings, since people started painting all Sister Wendy s Masterpieces book by Wendy Beckett Buy a cheap copy of Sister Wendy s Masterpieces book by Wendy Beckett This handsome tome is packed to the gills with paintings, and while readers might disagree with any of Sister Wendy Beckett s choices that s half the fun, Free shipping over . Customer reviews Sister Wendy s Masterpieces Well, the title did say Sister Wendy s Masterpieces, not your thousand or mine And what about logical organization by nation, era, medium, subject, even dominant color fer cryin out loud No, there is

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      • Wendy Beckett

        Sister Wendy Beckett is a South African born British art expert, consecrated virgin and contemplative hermit who became an unlikely celebrity during the 1990s, presenting a series of acclaimed art history documentaries for the BBC.


    527 Comments

    1. Sister Wendy is utterly charming and, even better, she knows her stuff. She writes in a simple, engaging style that is a pleasure to read. Wonderful book.


    2. A wonderful coffee table book, with colorful reproductions of art and Sister Wendy's comments.ough rather unwieldy. It's huge.It's set up alphabetically, with each artist getting a page, with 2 to 3 pictures on each page, each picture accompanied by Sister Wendy's comments. I'll now deconstruct point by point.The alphabetical nature kind of got to me. I think it should have been divided by era or style, because having a postmodernist artist next to a baroque era artist on a 2 page spread was pre [...]


    3. This is one of my favorite books; not just because I love art but because I dig Sister Wendy's knowledgeable commentary. She's one hip nun and this is a wonderful introduction to the world of art history and the vast beauty of the visual arts for anyone of any age.


    4. This book is a lovely place to spend time. Sister Wendy considers art with an open mind and eager eyes and she never fails to give me new appreciation and understanding of artists' work.



    5. I'm still in my FIVE STARS FOR ANY BOOK I HAPPEN TO TAKE THE TIME TO READ/REVIEW phase, but Sister Wendy is a good example of one reason I'm against the rating system, because her philosophy seems to be that art is a liberating experience in which one is allowed to like what one likes no matter what others like. Anywho, I'd say that this is a good substitute for her telly programs (here's an example: youtube/watch?v=r0g3nA ), although I'm not sure if one hasn't caught Sister Wendy on the small s [...]


    6. To say that I read this in 2007 isn't the best thing. I've read it several times, but it's one of those books that you don't read cover to cover. It's an art history book in which Sister Wendy Beckett (savior of most art history majors, so I hear) analyzes 1000 pieces of artwork, mostly paintings, since people started painting all the way into the present day. Personally I'm not really a fan of medieval, renaissance, baroque, etc religious art, and although she's a nun, not all of the work in th [...]


    7. 1000 Masterpieces isn't really a book you can read straight through. I mean, you could, but that's probably not how it was meant to be read. As such, I took my sweet time exploring the various paintings chosen for this collection with great delight (mostly- of course, some more modern art still doesn't do it for me). Not only did I enjoy the paintings themselves, but Sister Wendy's analyses prove to be very insightful for me. Her observations are very keen as well as thought-provoking; I really [...]


    8. I keep going back to this book, to browse mostly, but what keeps my attention is the depth and breadth of Sr Wendy's aesthetic. She will surprise you with her choices. She has a point of view, that you may not necessarily agree with, but you won't find her pedantic or ideological. The delight is her very straightforward way of writing about art. She is such a breath of fresh air compared to mainstream art writing.


    9. This is one of my favorite art books. Anyone that writes off Sister Wendy because she is a nun(as I did at first!) is missing out. She's so intelligent and possesses an extensive and thorough knowledge of art history. She's also extremely perceptive about the human condition and I loved reading what she has to say about the paintings!


    10. An excellent and eclectic collection of art work with the always interesting and insightful critiques from Sister Wendy. I don't always agree with her opinions but her knowledge base and passion for art are phenomenal and always make me look closer at the art works and challenges me to rethink my original impressions which I enjoy.


    11. This has been my art bible for years. It's fallen apart and has been taped back together again and again. I love Sister Wendy's gentle and sentimental descriptions of the art illustrations in this book.



    12. I'm amazed at how many painters I'd never heard of before reading through this tome. Also at how many paintings that are new to me by painters I've heard of.


    13. Sister Wendy's observations are so engaging this is almost more of a reading book than a looking book! Gorgeous reproductions, nevertheless.


    14. This nun is amazing in her perception and her breadth of art history. She uses her knowledge of religion but it does not blind her insights. She's remarkable.



    15. I simply don't get the importance of those kinds of paintings. I declare my ignorance in this topic. I tried looking at the pictures, but they didn't transmit anything back to me!


    16. You know me - I'm a sucker for art books. Overall an enjoyable read, although some of the interpretations seem a bit contrived.


    17. How doesn't love Sister Wendy? This is a great book! I looked through it all afternoon with a glass of wine in my parents hammock.




    18. Sister Wendy is a cloisered nun who is completely self-taught in the arts. Her insight is inspiring and her theories of art are spot on.


    19. I just looked at the pictures. It was kinda weird to look at the art alphabetically instead of chronologically, but I found what I need for my adult craft program.



    20. Beautiful book with interesting, short discussions about each masterpiece. I did not read all of the blurbs, but really enjoyed the art.


    21. A window to many masterful paintings, the stories they tell, and a glimpse of the artist's life. The alpha order makes it like a dictionary, which I didn't like. A good intro volume.


    22. alright, many of her musings are just lazy (especially on abstract art), but she can provide revelation too. with bucked-teeth and a dark habit, even.


    23. I discovered Sister Wendy in college and was surprised by how much I enjoyed watching her show on PBS. She's a very knowledgeable art historian with a unique perspective.


    24. Brought me a much better understanding of how to critically look at paintings, but also to love what you love, no excuses.


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