Sister Wendy and the Art of the Gospel

Sister Wendy and the Art of the Gospel

Fri, 07/19/2013 - 10:00pm

Pictured: Sister Wendy


Sister Wendy Becket, all teeth, glasses and habit, burst onto our screens in the 1990s. An instant star in America and the UK, her secret is a rare ability to tell us the stories within paintings and connect us to their big emotional insights. Until now, however, she has told us nothing about her life's story, her unexpected international fame, or the core of her faith.

In Sister Wendy and the Art of the Gospel, airing Friday, July 19, 2013 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV, Wendy looks back at her life for cameras for the first time, revealing intimate thoughts, reminiscences and self-doubt. At the same time she uses great old master paintings in the National Gallery, the Louvre and in the Fitzwilliam, and some modern paintings, to tell us the gospel stories that were once universally familiar, but are now regularly disregarded. These are the stories that inspired her life of devotion; stories that she feels, with absolute certainty, have relevance today.