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Real Presence: Sister Wendy on the Earliest Icons Hardcover – September 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570758980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570758980
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sister Wendy Beckett is a South-African born contemplative hermit and consecrated virgin who lives on the grounds of a Carmelite convent in England. An avid student of art, she became an international sensation after the BBC produced a series of programs in which she traveled around the world visiting art museums and commenting on what she saw. This was followed by scores of books, many on art history, and others on more strictly spiritual themes.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By David A. Novak on January 4, 2011
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Sister Wendy has been the source of many original books and videos regarding art and its religious significance in a secular world. They are unique in that they invite the reader and viewer into wonder rather than authoritative control. The artistic traditions she examines are viewed through the lens of religious faith and human delight. Her books on the icons of Mary and Jesus lead the reader through a process of discovery. Her process is at once personal (through her own travels and experience) and is well informed. Sister Wendy knows the original purpose of the icons: they are acts of worship rather than objects of desire. She brings together rather than separates the multivalent tangents that, when brought in harmony, allow the person in the presence of the icons into enter them as experiences of faith and love. Of course, she has the ability to do the same for many works of art whether it is Damien Hirst or Titian. But here she does it with a personal delight. I found her analysis added to my experience of icons, my knowledge of them and the renewal of my sense of wonder. While she is in the tradition of other modern authors who have written about icon from the perspective of Faith (e.g.: Henri Nouwen, Rowan Williams) she adds the rigorous dimension of art history as part of her vocabulary of investigation. Sister Wendy increased my knowledge and delight.
I was disappointed in the physical book itself. The typesetting and design were below the ordinary expectations of well designed books. A better presentation would have heightened the pleasure and appeal of the book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen Zimmermann on June 5, 2013
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It is very interesting. Sister Wendy is wonderfully gifted. Her ability to define and express paintings and artists is super.
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By Pat Crepeau on August 18, 2014
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