Sister Wendy on the Art of Christmas

published by Franciscan Media | Trade Paperback | 64 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 the topic of Christmas, 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 #: B36695

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
A Lovely & Inspiring Book

Wonderful meditations on the events of Advent, Christmas and beyond, through beautiful art. Sr. Wendy has a marvelous way of opening up the paintings for us and pointing out details we would miss. Mostly we get profoundly inspiring insights about the events that the paintings depict. Wonderful.


Loved Sister Wendy’s explanations and descriptions of all the art. I learned a great deal and am grateful to her for sharing her knowledge and insight.

Sister Wendy on the Art of Christmas

Very interesting and very informative book. Sister Wendy was always one of my favorite art critics. I'm never disappointed with books or art DVD's by Sister Wendy. She is missed.


I am sure that my friend will like Sister Wendy & Christmas, as I gave her Sister Wendy and the Art of Mary and she liked it very much, so I wanted to give her this book also.


Sister Wendy on the Art of Christmas

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:  #B36695

ISBN:  9781616366957

Publication Date:  9/3/2013

BISAC:  RELIGION / Christian Living / General

Imprint:  Franciscan Media

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

Pages:  64

List Price:  $ 7.50