Sister Wendy has passed away

Here are some notices.  In addition to her duties for the Church, she was an art historian “for the people.”  I thought she had a remarkably good eye, and was especially strong in explaining the virtues of late medieval/early Renaissance art, most of all works “from a school” or attributed to a pseudonym.  She was “a thing” in the 90s, so if you don’t know her work I would recommend all of her books, they are full of life and love for art and yes love for the reader too.  Here is the NYT obituary.


Who's peekin' out from under a stairway
Calling a name that's lighter than air
Who's bending down to give me a rainbow
Everyone knows it's Wendy

But did she perform any miracles?

Isn't it miracle enough that she got my kid interested in art and history?


You gotta love that ...

I found her in the children's section of the library.

[Which section - of an (older) library (graced with a librarian unmotivated to get rid of the books) - is a good resource for those of us who slow-read.]

I recall her saying she began her study of art with museum postcards friends were kind enough to send on their travels.

Many of the blog posts by our host have to do with breeding. Yet, here's someone who didn't breed. Asceticism and the convent were once considered synonymous. Why not? The alternative was sex, birth, death, and decay.

Well, we get sick and die anyway, so we might as well get it on.

All kidding aside, kudos to her - she lived her passion and shared it with others. That's gotta be worth some money.

Sister Wendy was great.

"Study the Bible topically. If you will study assurance for a week, you will soon find that it is your privilege to be a child of God."

I always enjoyed

How she meticulously and carefully described in great detail

Erotic pictures.

if you like Sister Wendy and the way she makes are available to everyone, take a hard left turn and try Jerry Saltz (pulitzer) and his subway series:

Sister Wendy interviewed:

I met her when she was filming her first series. I didn't realise the TV cameras were for her. I was barely a teenager, but she started chatting. She spoke with me as if I were a peer, making no concessions. She was far more academic than her TV persona, and she gave me quite a hard time. I had a terrible experience at school, and it was the first time I'd ever had that kind of conversation. It was truly inspiring. She then got up and started filming. Afterwards she introduced me to the curator and helped me get an internship. I was never in contact with her again, but it was one of the most influential interactions in my life.

I owe her a great debt.

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