- Format: DVD Region 2 for the UK
- Number of Disc: 4
- Genre: Documentary,Art History
- Starring: Wendy Beckett
- Studio: BBC
- Release Date: 2018
What’s it about
Far from being a stuffy academy-driven art history course, Sister Wendy has the uncanny ability to invite even the most unschooled viewer to a very deep art appreciation that will almost certainly drive a lifetime of new perspectives and a love of art. This is the perfect series to introduce children or adolescents to the joys of art, as well as tutoring them on how to develop a deeper perception that may well translate to their life in general. With the possible exception of David Attenborough (nature), and Ken Burns (history) there are few people who are so iconic, so able to engage, and so clear. Everyone should watch these series – over and over again!
I enjoy art a great deal, but I am not very educated about how to study paintings. Sister Wendy’s comments are insightful, and she amazes me with the detail of what she sees, analyzing the artist’s emotions and what they are communicating through their work. These DVDs expand my enjoyment.
Wendy is awesome. She makes the paintings come alive. My issued had to do with trying to navigate the Grand Tour. If you stop in the middle, there is no on-screen listing of the order in which the episodes were meant to follow. So, you can’t be sure which you have seen and which you haven’t. Also, no American Tour, so, not really complete. But what IS in this collection is pretty wonderful.
My daughter found the book at a second-hand book store for her home school. Sister Wendy is incomparable! She takes you to the actual works and gives them meaning through her telling of its history and interpretation.
Amazing critique of great art by someone who has lived as a hermit. Sister Wendy delivers her interpretations in a warm and understandable manner. I follow her life on line. She has become frail and no longer lives alone in her little “caravan” with her precious art books. I am so happy for her that she was able to travel the world and view her beloved masterpieces.
Even if you never gave museums or paintings a previous thought you will be enthralled by Sister Wendy and her explanations. If like me you always liked looking at art but really didn’t know very much about art or artists then this is the entertaining instruction you have been missing. Sister Wendy will astound you with her knowledge of art and will make you laugh at some of her comments. I recommend this DVD collection very highly.
Sister Wendy Beckett has transformed public appreciation of art through her astonishing knowledge, insight and passion for painting and painters. Join her on a trip across the world and through the ages, where her contemplative insights and unorthodox enthusiasm bring the world’s great art to life. Contains Sister Wendy’s Story of Painting, Sister Wendy’s Odyssey, and Sister Wendy’s Grand Tour.