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:
My daughter was about 20 when Sister Wendy first hit our TV screens and as a family we all loved her programmes. I'll be checking out You Tube later. She made art understandable and accessible.— Beachcomber (@jhall_m25) December 26, 2018
I was an art history major and still learned so much from Sister Wendy. https://t.co/FmG7RVFbsY— Elisa Nader (@elisanader) December 26, 2018
Sister Wendy’s show was like GBBO but for fine art; very soothing, but you learned along the way. It is PERFECT for re-issuing the way Netflix did with Bob Ross— Doxing Bae Li'l 🎄 (@karengeier) December 26, 2018
Sad news about the death of Sister Wendy Beckett. Her art critiques were passionate, entertaining and unpretentious. Plenty of critics could learn from her.— Georgia Lewis (@georgialewis76) December 26, 2018
RIP Sister Wendy Beckett, a magnificent human being #SisterWendyBeckett— Pamela E. (@DamnitMarjorie) December 26, 2018
Aww sad news, I used to love watching Sister Wendy! RIP dear lady 😥🙏— RaeK (@RaeKVPA) December 26, 2018
TV art historian Sister Wendy Beckett dies aged 88 pic.twitter.com/4ESuQ9GpDO
I loved Sister Wendy, she taught me masses. Travel well to the final gallery xx https://t.co/U7HSWeLPoW— Emma Mitchell (@silverpebble) December 26, 2018
I adore Sister Wendy Beckett, I’m so sad she’s gone. I was always astonished at her intelligence and humility and tenderness. Her Desert Island Discs episode is a classic: https://t.co/DIFGhuB3Uu— Dolly H Alderton (@dollyalderton) December 26, 2018