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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
Sister Wendy's Not Truly Complete Collection
By B. Hodgson
The price is great and anyone who loves Sister Wendy will like this set because of her tours and commentary on art and painting throughout Europe and the world. I am a huge stained glass fan so I was looking forwarded to the "Pains of Glass" program and was greatly disappointed by its content given that it dealt with only one building and it had a lot of singing.
Finally, this set cannot be called the "Complete Collection" since it does not contain her American Tour.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
Art Interpretation, Art History and Lively Opinion
By James Ellsworth
Sister Wendy Beckett may be a nun but she doesn't provide a 'Catholic' opinion as she retells the story of painting and teases meaning out of a wide range of works and artistic styles. She begins with ancient cave paintings in France and works her way into the Renaissance (with Fra Angelico, Massaccio, Duccio and Leonardo.) She explores 'history' paintings such as those done by Davide. We see a fair share of religious art but we also see a surprising amount of the 'fleshy' works by Reubens, for example or Manet's 'Olimpia'. I especially enjoy viewing the major impressionist pieces with her. Sister Wendy helps viewers to learn how to look at works of art and she does not hesitate to express her personal reactions to the works. Her aim in these four discs is to provide an overview of a wide range of artistic expression rather than to delve too deeply into any one work, period of history or 'school' of painting. I ended up being appreciative of the many works she views with us rather than thinking I just came out of Art History class. There are texts that go with each series and, taken together, the materials have been successfully used in academic art programs but, for me, the video is enough and I look at them over and over...just to see the works and to get a dose of Sister Wendy's spritely personality.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful. See all 118 customer reviews...
I only caught one episode of this when it was shown on tv. I fell in love with Sister Wendy's enthusiasm, and how she uses her vast knowledge of history, cultures and human nature to open up the world of art. If you've gone to a gallery and looked at the art as 'pictures,' you haven't looked at it through Sister Wendy's eyes and heart. She sees imagery and subtle sub-themes that the average person (like me) misses. This collection makes me see things in a different way, and I'm immensely grateful!