Sister Wendy on the Art of Mary

published by Franciscan Media | Trade Paperback | 55 pages
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Imagine going on a tour of a world-class art museum with a talented and insightful curator. But instead of just focusing on the history, technique, and cultural significance of each piece, you have the opportunity to reflect on the spiritual aspects of the works, examining their religious significance and concentrating on the transcendental meaning conveyed by the artist. This is what you’ll find in this exquisitely produced book.It features fifteen pieces of art relating to Mary, with an extended reflection on each piece. The commentary is meditative, more reflection on the spiritual nature of the paintings’ subject than art critique. Sister Wendy writes with the deft hand of one who is formed in spirituality, art, and critical thinking. Her imagery is lush, creating a landscape where the sacred and profane live in comfortable coexistence through the medium of painting. For spiritual seekers and lovers of art, this book will offer a unique journey into the experiential nature of a well-rounded faith. Stock #: B36693

Customer Reviews

Based on 39 reviews
Katherine Colbert
Food for thought

As we feast our eyes on the icons of our Lady, Sr. Wendy points out so many helpful features and interprets the visual clues. I've read these to my 3rd grader for art appreciation and we will revisit this book again both in the school room and in our chapel. Yes it is a little deep for both of us but the point is to ponder over time, right? Here a little and there a little.



Margaret Theobald
Sister Wendy-A little Gem

Sister Wendy analyses each work of art Depicting Our Lady in great detail as to meanings not apparent at first glance.

Sylvia Solano
Sister Wendy and Art

I was an avid fan of Sister Wendy’s books and television specials on art. How wonderful to have her share her extensive knowledge of art with us.

john kane

I cannot: the books have still not arrived after about 6 weeks

Sister Wendy Beckett is an English hermit. An art expert, in the 1990s she presented a series of BBC documentaries in which she reflected on the meaning of various works of art from throughout history.

Beckett entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1946 and graduated from Oxford University in 1953, but in 1970, she obtained papal permission to leave her congregation and become a consecrated virgin. Her former congregation arranged for her to live under the protection of the Carmelite nuns at their monastery at Quidenham, Norfolk, in the east of England. There she leads a contemplative lifestyle, dedicating her life solely to solitude and prayer, but allotting two hours of work per day to earn her living.

Product Type:  Book

Item Number:  #B36693

ISBN:  9781616366933

Publication Date:  8/30/2013

BISAC:  RELIGION / Christian Living / General

Imprint:  Franciscan Media

Trim Size:  203.2 mm X 254 mm X 4.826 mm
(Approx. 8.0 in X 10.0 in X 0.16 in X )

Pages:  55

List Price:  $ 2.00