Sister Wendy Beckett, the broadcaster and art critic best known for her BBC series, has passed away at the age of 88. 

The presenter and author died at the Carmelite Monastery at Quidenham in Norfolk in the UK.

She presented a number of unscripted series for the BBC in the 1990s, including Sister Wendy's Odyssey and Sister Wendy's Grand Tour.

Paying tribute, her close friend Xinran Xue, said: "It is very sad news. Many people see her as a religious person and she was far more than that.

"It's a huge loss for the art world. She was a brilliant art critic."

Born in South Africa and raised in Edinburgh, Sister Wendy Beckett studied for a degree in English literature, teaching in cities including Cape Town and Liverpool before earning acclaim as a critic and presenter in later life.

After many years pursuing a life of solitude and prayer, she began studying art in the 1980s, publishing her first book, Contemporary Women Artists, in aid of her convent in 1988. She made her BBC presenting debut in 1991 with a documentary on Britain's National Gallery and went on to become a household name.

Here are some of the many tributes: