Art, like music and literature, is valuable to humankind because it portrays life's pathos as well as life's joy and tells us that we are all connected, facing life together, not alone. In Sister Wendy's 1000 Masterpieces: Sister Wendy Beckett's Selection of the Greatest Paintings in Western Art, this well-known art historian offers us a magnificent collection of Western Art. From the stark religious subject matter of the 15th century to the free, flowing brushstrokes of the impressionists, Sister Wendy manages to capture in one paragraph the essence of each painting. She offers both their historical significance and her own unique interpretations and insights. Most importantly, Sister Wendy understands that basic human need to feel a part of something greater, and she encourages us to experience that sentiment through art.