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Obelisk of Jacob Willemsz. van Veen

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 1033
Name Obelisk of Jacob Willemsz. van Veen
Holding institution(s)
Holding institution(s)
  • Heemskerk, Nederlands Hervormde Kerk
Category
Type Tomb monument, tomb slab or floor slab (physical object)
Classification Tomb monument
Short description Stone obelisk with inscriptions and reliefs showing a portrait, a heraldic shield and vanitas decorations
Remarks about category
General date
General date 1550-1600
Artist(s)
Artist(s)
Original institution(s)
Original institution [297] St. Laurentiuskerk (HH Laurentius en Cornelis) (SS Lawrence and Cornelius's Church), Heemskerk
Arguments
Specification
Still in original institution? yes
Location inside the institution
In situ? a replica in situ; the original has been relocated
(Probable) original location
  • in the cemetery
Argumentation
Related memorial objects in the same institution
Additional remarks (original location)
Additional remarks On a 1652 drawing by Saenredam, the obelisk can be seen in the cemetery, south of the church
Memorial piece
Function
Specification
Additional remarks
Memorial monument or floor slab
Function liturgical/religious, didactic and historical/political
Grave findings
Additional remarks • Inscription and/or decoration with a didactic statement, usually with references to the mortality of mankind/variations on ‘Remember that you will die’. • Inscription referring to a historical fact: the foundation of the obelisk by the son (Maarten van Heemskerck) for his commemorated father (Jacob Willemsz. van Veen).
Original function
Change in function
Remarks about function
Name Jacob Willemsz. van Veen
Specification
Members of the commemorated party
Commemorated person(s)
  • [2779] Jacob Willemsz. van Veen (male)
Commemorated institution(s)
Relation between commemorated persons not applicable (only one person mentioned/depicted)
Relation specification
Additional remarks
Name Maarten van Heemskerck
Composition of the commissioning party
  • single person
Specification
Members of the commissioning party
Commissioning person(s)
  • [2780] Maarten van Heemskerck (male)
Commissioning Institution(s)
Relation between commissioning party and commemorated party The commissioning party was a relative/friend/colleague of the commemorated party
Relation specification The son of the commemorated party
Additional remarks Maarten van Heemskerck erected the obelisk in 1570 (35 years after the death of his father)
Material(s)
  • stone
Specification blue limestone (Namur stone)
Traces of polychromy?
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth
Completeness Largely complete
Condition In reasonable condition
Conservation The pedestal was renewed in 1862. The obelisk was replaced with a replica in 1990, to protect the original obelisk from weathering.
Technical research
Specification (technical research)
Alterations
Alterations
Specification
Additional remarks
Provenance
Provenance
Marks of ownership
Type(s) of mark(s) of ownership
Specification
  • , Gemeente Heemskerk - Historische plaatsen - Obelisk, http://gemeentegids.dekleinemedia.nl/heemskerk/over-heemskerk/
  • Belonje, J.; Bloys van Treslong Prins, P.C., Genealogische en heraldische gedenkwaardigheden in en uit de kerken der provincie Noord-Holland. Deel III Eenigenburg tot Hoorn (Noorderkerk) (Utrecht 1929), 261
  • Hin, H.G.; Wietsma, B., Heemskerk - Het kerkhof rond de NH-kerk, http://www.dodenakkers.nl/begraafplaatsen/noord-holland/330-heemskerknh.html
  • Kolman, Chris; Rommes, R.; Stenvert, Ronald; Stades-Vischer, E.; Ginkel-Meester, Saskia van, Monumenten in Nederland. Noord-Holland (Zwolle/Zeist 2006), 352
  • Veldman, I.M., Het grafmonument te Heemskerk en het gebruik van hiëroglyfen in de kring rondom Maarten van Heemskerck, Nederlands kunsthistorisch jaarboek 24 (1973), , 27-28
  • Zevenhuizen, E.J.A., Een monument van een schilder (Maerten van Heemskerck), Heemskring 6 (1991),
Other documentation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks A portrait of Jacob Willemszoon van Veen was painted by his son in 1532 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

Upper structure (freestanding): front of [1033] Obelisk of Jacob Willemsz. van Veen

Indication of part
Indication of part Upper structure (freestanding): front
Short description
Short description Stone obelisk, west side: inscriptions and reliefs showing a portrait, a heraldic shield and vanitas decorations
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth
Date
Year 1570
Specified date
Argumentation
  • date given on the object (not date of death)
Specification date given below the heraldic shield
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution Heemskerk, Nederlands Hervormde Kerk
Collection
Collection identifier
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution The original obelisk is currently located in the porch of the tower
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Filiation
Filiation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Upper structure (freestanding): back of [1033] Obelisk of Jacob Willemsz. van Veen

Indication of part
Indication of part Upper structure (freestanding): back
Short description
Short description Stone obelisk, east side: an inscription
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth
Date
Year 1570
Specified date
Argumentation
  • date given on the object (not date of death)
Specification date given on the west side, below the heraldic shield
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution Heemskerk, Nederlands Hervormde Kerk
Collection
Collection identifier
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution The original obelisk is currently located in the porch of the tower
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Filiation
Filiation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Portraits

Indication of part
Indication of part Upper structure (freestanding): front
Place of the portrait
Place of the portrait west side of the obelisk, top
Portrait of
Name Jacob Willemsz. van Veen
Sex male
Argumentation
  • based on literature or archival research
  • based on text(s) on the memorial object
Specification
Portrait — portraiture
Physical state of the portrayed person alive
Argumentation
Specification
Posture as a bust
Manner of portrayal portrait in profil
Portrait — clothing, attributes and insignia
Clothing
Type of clothing
Short description headgear (cap)
Attributes
Attributes
  • no general attributes
Specification
Insignia
Insignia
Specification
Remarks about clothing
Additional remarks It is a portrait in relief

Heraldry

Indication of part
Indication of part Upper structure (freestanding): front
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry west side of the obelisk, at the bottom
Specification of heraldry
Type of heraldry Marshalled arms (2 coats of arms in one shield per pale or per fess)
Specification
Shape of the shield Late renaissance shield
Specification
Description of the shield Per fess, A: per pale, I: the upper half of the Friesian eagle; II: a lion; B: a turtle topped with an armoured arm holding a sword pointing downward (Doorsneden, A: gedeeld, I: de bovenhelft van de Friese adelaar; II: een leeuw; B: een schildpad getopt met een geharnaste arm die een omgekeerd zwaard vasthoudt)
Description of the upper arms (helmet, crest and mantling)
Remarks
Additional parts of the achievement
Type of supporter
Specification
Motto
English translation of the motto
Insignia or attributes
Heraldry belonging to
Heraldry belonging to Van Veen
Person details
Person details
  • [2779] Jacob Willemsz. van Veen (male)
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Inscriptions

Indication of part
Indication of part Upper structure (freestanding): front
Place of the inscription
Place of the inscription west side of the obelisk, below the portrait
Language(s)
Languages
  • Latin
Language specification
Transcription
Transcription Deo Optimo Maximo. Jacobo Venio Guilelmi filio, parenti carrissimo, Martinus Heemskerk pietatis ergo posuit. Vixit annos LXXIX.
Translation
English translation For the best and greatest God. For Jacob Willemsz. van Veen, his much-beloved father, Maarten van Heemskerck has erected [this monument] out of love. He has lived 79 years.
Dutch translation Voor de beste en grootste God. Voor Jacob Willemsz. van Veen, zijn zeer dierbare vader, heeft Maarten van Heemskerck [dit monument] uit liefde opgericht. Hij leefde 79 jaar.
Lay–out
Lay-out Roman majuscules
Inscription mentioning
Name [2780] Maarten van Heemskerck (male)
Sex male
Argumentation
Name [2779] Jacob Willemsz. van Veen (male)
Sex male
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Indication of part
Indication of part Upper structure (freestanding): front
Place of the inscription
Place of the inscription west side of the obelisk, between the putto and the shield
Language(s)
Languages
  • Latin
Language specification
Transcription
Transcription Cogita mori.
Translation
English translation Think upon death.
Dutch translation Gedenk te sterven.
Lay–out
Lay-out Roman majuscules
Inscription mentioning
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Indication of part
Indication of part Upper structure (freestanding): back
Place of the inscription
Place of the inscription east side of the obelisk, centre
Language(s)
Languages
  • Dutch
Language specification
Transcription
Transcription Hier leyt begraven Jacob Willemszoon van Veen ende starff den XVIe dach September anno XVcXXXV ende heeft geleeft LXXIX jaer.
Translation
English translation Here lies buried Jacob Willemsz. van Veen and died on the 16th day of September in the year 1535 and he has lived 79 years.
Dutch translation
Lay–out
Lay-out Gothic textualis
Inscription mentioning
Name [2779] Jacob Willemsz. van Veen (male)
Sex male
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Decorations

Indication of part
Indication of the part Upper structure (freestanding): front
Type(s) of decoration(s)
Type(s) of decoration(s)
  • angels, putti or cherubs
  • allegorical motifs
  • human figures (incl. skeletons and skulls)
Description of the decoration(s)
Description of the decoration(s) A putto extinguishing a burning torch by holding it upside down, while standing on bones and a skull
Depicted allegories
Depicted allegories
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Person Description

Personal identification number
Personal identification number 2779
Personal details
Name Jacob Willemsz. van Veen
Sex male
Year/date of birth 1456
Year/date of death 1535/09/16
Additional remarks Wealthy farmer. Father of artist Maerten van Heemskerck, who had an obelisk erected in his father's honour in 1570.
Social standing
Status
Arguments
Specification
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Personal identification number
Personal identification number 2780
Personal details
Name Maarten van Heemskerck
Sex male
Year/date of birth 1498
Year/date of death 1574/10/01
Additional remarks Born in Heemskerk, as the son of Jacob Willemszoon van Veen. He was a pupil of the artists Cornelius Willemsz. (Haarlem), Jan Lucasz. (Delft) and Jan van Scorel (Haarlem). In 1532 he left Haarlem to study Italian art. Maarten returned to Haarlem in 1536. He married twice: 1) Marie Jacobsdr. de Coninck (ca. 1540), who died in childbirth; 2) Martytgen Gerritsdr. (ca. 1550).
Social standing
Status citizen of city
Arguments
  • according to literature
Specification painter; regent of the Haarlem Leper House (1547); warden (1551 and 1552) and dean (1554) of the Haarlem Guild of St Luke; churchwarden of the Haarlem St Bavo's Church (1553-1574); member of the Haarlem town council (1562-1572)
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
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