Artwork Information

  • Title:

    San Sepolcro

  • Artist:

    Heliker, John

  • Artist Bio:

    American, 1909–2000

  • Date:


  • Medium:

    Oil on Masonite

  • Dimensions:

    24 x 15 in.

  • Credit Line:

    Wichita Art Museum, Roland P. Murdock Collection

  • Object Number:


  • Display:

    Not Currently on Display

About the Artwork

From a letter to Elizabeth Navas by John Heliker:

San Sepolcro was begun in Rome last summer (1952) and completed in New York the following winter, and refers to one of the many medieval towns north of Rome I found so stimulating and rich in architectural motifs . . . The simplicity of these age-worn forms, the church towers and pavements lend themselves well to a painting concerned mainly with sound structure, not overly recessive spatially, and in which line is confined mainly to the simplest (straight) though often quite textural; also the element of color appealed to me greatly in these places.”