The Art of Holy Week and Easter: Meditations on the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus, By Sister Wendy Beckett
The Art of Holy Week and Easter
  • Length: 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 6.25 in
  • Number of Studies: 30
  • Published: February 15, 2022
  • Imprint: IVP Formatio
  • Item Code: A0427
  • ISBN: 9781514004272

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Brimming with Sister Wendy Beckett's's irrepressible wisdom and enthusiasm, this little book explores the spiritual riches to be found in some of the world's greatest paintings of the Passion and resurrection of Jesus.

Illustrated in full color with thirty famous and lesser-known masterpieces of Western art, The Art of Holy Week and Easter is a chance to hear again the voice of Sister Wendy as she leads you gently into a deep appreciation of all that these paintings convey to the discerning eye.

"Gorgeous, beautifully produced. . . . Beauty and surprise on every page, this is a book to linger over."

Piers Plowright, writing in the Tablet, on Sister Wendy's 100 Best-loved Paintings


Copyright acknowledgements

Part One: ‘This Is My Body’
1. Jesus enters Jerusalem
2. Jesus cleanses the Temple
3. Jesus washes his disciples’ feet
4. The Last Supper: I
5. The Last Supper: II
6. ‘I am the true vine’
7. In the Garden of Gethsemane

Part Two: ‘Behold the Man!’
8. Judas betrays Jesus
9. The trial before Caiaphas
10. Peter denies Jesus
11. Peter’s repentance
12. The trial before Pilate
13. Jesus is stripped of his garments
14. Jesus is mocked by the soldiers

Part Three: ‘Father, Forgive Them’
15. Crucifixion: I
16. Crucifixion: II
17. Crucifixion: III
18. Jesus is mourned by his disciples
19. Jesus is mourned by Mary
20. The entombment
21. Jesus is mourned by angels

Part Four: ‘He Is Risen!’
22. The descent into Hell
23. The women visit the tomb
24. Resurrection: I
25. Resurrection: II
26. Resurrection: III
27. ‘Do not touch me’
28. The supper at Emmaus
29. Doubting Thomas
30. Ascension


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Sister Wendy Beckett (1930-2018) was a Carmelite nun and art historian who became world famous in the 1990s when she presented a series of BBC documentaries on the history of painting. She studied for her degree in English at St. Anne's College, Oxford, where she graduated with highest honors. After teaching in South Africa, she returned to England in 1970 to live a fully contemplative life under the protection of a Carmelite monastery in Norfolk. She was the author of over thirty books on Christian art, including the internationally bestselling book, The Story of Painting.