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Floor slab of Johannes Tsanctius

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 1291
Name Floor slab of Johannes Tsanctius
Holding institution(s)
Holding institution(s)
  • Gouda, Janskerk
Category
Type Tomb monument, tomb slab or floor slab (physical object)
Classification Tomb slab or floor slab
Short description Stone slab with the a recumbent figure of a priest in high relief, a recumbent cadaver beneath his feet, an inscription along the edge, strapwork, and three quatrefoil medallions
Remarks about category
General date
General date 1525-1575
Artist(s)
Artist(s)
Original institution(s)
Original institution [216] Grote of St. Johannes de Doperkerk (St. Janskerk) (St John the Baptist's Church (St. Janskerk)), Gouda
Arguments
  • the institution/community is mentioned in the text
  • the memorial object is still in the original institution
Specification Tsanctius was a priest in Gouda and probably buried in the church in which he served
Still in original institution? yes
Location inside the institution
In situ?
(Probable) original location
  • in the church/chapel (exact location unknown)
Argumentation
Related memorial objects in the same institution
Additional remarks (original location)
Additional remarks
Memorial piece
Function
Specification
Additional remarks
Memorial monument or floor slab
Function liturgical/religious and didactic
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’
Original function
Change in function
Remarks about function
Name Johannes Tsanctius
Specification
Members of the commemorated party
Commemorated person(s)
  • [3222] Johannes Tsanctius (male)
Commemorated institution(s)
Relation between commemorated persons no relation (only one person mentioned/depicted)
Relation specification
Additional remarks
Name
Composition of the commissioning party
Specification
Members of the commissioning party
Commissioning person(s)
Commissioning Institution(s)
Relation between commissioning party and commemorated party
Relation specification
Additional remarks
Material(s)
  • stone
Specification
Traces of polychromy?
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth 229 x 130 x 0
Completeness
Condition
Conservation
Technical research
Specification (technical research)
Alterations
Alterations
  • inscription(s) added
Specification The year '1559' engraved on his pillow on either side of his head does not tally with the date of death in the edge inscription and may be a later erroneous addition
Additional remarks
Provenance
Provenance
Marks of ownership
Type(s) of mark(s) of ownership
Specification
  • Bloys van Treslong Prins, P.C., Genealogische en heraldische gedenkwaardigheden in en uit de kerken der provincie Zuid-Holland, part I (Utrecht 1922), 254
  • van Dolder-de Wit, Henny, De St.-Janskerk te Gouda. Mensen en monumenten in een oude stadskerk (Gouda 1993), 142
  • van Dolder-de Wit, Henny, Mijn voeten lopen over oude stenen ... Vier eeuwen begraven in de Sint-Janskerk. Over grafsteden, zerken, klokluiden en nog veel meer (Gouda 2010), 22
Other documentation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Tomb or floor slab (front) of [1291] Floor slab of Johannes Tsanctius

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Short description
Short description Stone slab with the a recumbent figure of a priest in high relief, a recumbent cadaver beneath his feet, an inscription along the edge, strapwork, and three quatrefoil medallions
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 229 x 130 x 0
Date
Year 1554
Specified date 1554/04/30
Argumentation
  • date of death given on the object
Specification
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution Gouda, Janskerk
Collection
Collection identifier
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution Situated in the south aisle of the nave near window 26
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Filiation
Filiation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Portraits

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of the portrait
Place of the portrait in the centre of the slab framed by the inscription
Portrait of
Name Johannes Tsanctius
Sex male
Argumentation
  • based on text(s) on the memorial object
Specification
Portrait — portraiture
Physical state of the portrayed person cannot be determined
Argumentation
Specification
Posture recumbent
Manner of portrayal Lying with his head on a cushion, his hands held in prayer
Portrait — clothing, attributes and insignia
Clothing
Type of clothing clothes of an ecclesiastical office holder
Short description
Attributes
Attributes
Specification
Insignia
Insignia
Specification
Remarks about clothing
Additional remarks

Inscriptions

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of the inscription
Place of the inscription around the edges of the slab
Language(s)
Languages
  • Latin
Language specification
Transcription
Transcription Hoc tegitur saxo pastor Gouda [...]usti natus Joannes Tsantuis atque obiit ultima Aprilis anno MDLIIII. Spes mea Christus.
Translation
English translation Covered by this stone is a priest of Gouda [...] born Johannes Tsanctius and he died on the last day of April in the year 1554. Christ is my hope.
Dutch translation Bedekt door deze steen is een Goudse priester [...] geboren Johannes Tsanctius en hij stierf op de laatste dag van april in het jaar 1554. Christus is mijn hoop.
Lay–out
Lay-out Raised Roman majuscules
Inscription mentioning
Name [3222] Johannes Tsanctius (male)
Sex male
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Additional remarks
Additional remarks The inscription on the lower right corner and bottom edge is worn or damaged, which makes transcription difficult. The slab reads 'Tsantuis' where 'Tsanctius' is meant.
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of the inscription
Place of the inscription on the frieze beneath the recumbent cadaver
Language(s)
Languages
  • Latin
Language specification
Transcription
Transcription Cogita mori.
Translation
English translation Remember to die.
Dutch translation Gedenk te sterven.
Lay–out
Lay-out Incised Roman majuscules
Inscription mentioning
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Decorations

Indication of part
Indication of the part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Type(s) of decoration(s)
Type(s) of decoration(s)
  • scrollwork and/or strapwork
  • human figures (incl. skeletons and skulls)
  • religious representations
Description of the decoration(s)
Description of the decoration(s) A recumbent cadaver beneath the feet of Tsanctius's effigy; religious scenes in the three medallions, including St Michael weighing souls (left) and the Harrowing of Hell (top)
Depicted allegories
Depicted allegories
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Person Description

Personal identification number
Personal identification number 3222
Personal details
Name Johannes Tsanctius
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death 1554/04/30
Additional remarks
Social standing
Status secular clergy
Arguments
  • clothing of the portrayed person
  • according to literature
  • identification of the person (portrayed, mentioned in text or owning the coat of arms)
Specification
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy (parish or chantry) priest
Specification priest of the Gouda St. Janskerk (St John the Baptist’s Church) from 1541 until his death in 1554
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
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