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My favorite things : 75 works of art from around the world
Beckett, Wendy.
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New York : Harry N. Abrams, 1999.
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159 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
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N7477 .B4 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
N7477 .B4 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
N7477 .B4 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The 75 artworks Siter Wendy showcases here are among the ones that have intrigued and impressed her the most over the years. As well as popular works by Michaelangelo and van Gogh, less well known pieces, such as a Chinese painting and a chess piece, are featured.

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Booklist Review

This book has no discernible structure--works from the Middle Ages are mixed in with others from the baroque era, the impressionist period, and so forth; as if to complement the various styles of the works, different typefaces are used for Sister Wendy's brief essays. The works are not subjected to rigorous criticism (or much of any criticism); for example, Sister Wendy is touched by Lucas Cranach the Elder's A Princess of Saxony, who is "dressed in her heavy best," and wonders "if she was happy." And there could hardly be a consensus on the greatness or even the beauty of every work selected. But all the works selected are Sister Wendy's favorite beautiful things, and her followers will appreciate her brief essays revealing the aspect of each work that prompts her rapture. --Bonnie Smothers

Library Journal Review

The world's favorite nun-cum-art historian returns this season with two surveys of great art, both emphasizing mostly Western painting since the Italian Renaissance. As one might guess from the titles, the DK compendium is the larger book. It follows a format familiar from Phaidon's The Art Book: each page displays image and text representing a single artist, and the alphabetical arrangement by artists' names results in some illuminating, and some annoying, juxtapositions. Where The Art Book maintained one picture per page amid a rigorous structure with plenty of white space, 1000 Masterpieces lives up to its numerical claim by placing two gems to a page and varying sizes and text blocks to cram in as much information as possible. The space is tight, and the text is little more than extended captions with the Sister's piquant observations on content and meaning. Surprisingly, Sister Wendy makes no attempt to extend the text in her more generously formatted album of "favorites" from Abrams, yet she does achieve greater variety in the smaller number of works. Some sculpture, a few Asian works, and even a porcelain cup and saucer are included among these apparently more personal choices. Indeed, many of the Sister's favorites do not make the cut for 1000 Masterpieces, pointing up the vagaries of her selection processÄin each book's short introductions (the only writing other than the captions), she simply declares how difficult the choosing was. In any case, both books well fulfill their purpose as introductory appreciations, and both will be popular with Sister Wendy's many fans. For sheer size, 1000 Masterpieces is a fine choice for libraries, while My Favorite Things may be better suited to gift-giving.ÄEric Bryant, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

YA-These works of art are not by any means all of Sister Wendy's favorites, but ones she is sure readers will enjoy. Some of the selections are famous; others are less well known but are by familiar names. Some of the artists will be new to many readers, particularly the creators of the porcelains. There is an impressive photo of a lovely monastery staircase in Florence designed by Michelangelo. Sister Wendy's pithy comments are just as lively as her smiling eyes. For instance, she states, "When I am asked who is my favorite painter, I always say it is C‚zanne, and then I hope that the next question will not be to ask me for my reasons." The full-color reproductions are gorgeous. The informal approach, conversational tone, and ease of browsing will appeal to art lovers.-Judy McAloon, Potomac Library, Prince William County, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.