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Remnant of a memorial piece of Johannes the blind

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 153
Name Remnant of a memorial piece of Johannes the blind
Holding institution(s)
Holding institution(s)
  • Utrecht, Domkerk (St. Maartenskerk)
Category
Type Memorial item (physical object)
Classification Single piece (sculpture)
Short description Remnant of a memorial piece; only the stone tablet with memorial text remains
Remarks about category
General date
General date 1450-1500
Artist(s)
Artist(s)
  • Wael, Cornelis de
Original institution(s)
Original institution [21] St. Maartenskerk (Domkerk) (St MartinĀ“s Church (Dom Cathedral)), Utrecht
Arguments
  • the memorial object is still in the original institution
Specification The commemorated person was an organist of this church
Still in original institution? yes
Location inside the institution
In situ? yes
(Probable) original location
  • in the cloister
Argumentation
Related memorial objects in the same institution
Additional remarks (original location)
Additional remarks located in the west arm of the cloister, on the wall of the third bay (right-hand side)
Memorial piece
Function
  • liturgical/religious
Specification
Additional remarks
Memorial monument or floor slab
Function
Grave findings
Additional remarks memorial piece; marker of a grave
Original function
Change in function
Remarks about function argument for function: memorial text
Name blynde Johannes (Johannes the blind)
Specification
Members of the commemorated party
Commemorated person(s)
  • [156] blynde Johannes (Johannes the blind) (male)
Commemorated institution(s)
Relation between commemorated persons no relation (only one person mentioned/depicted)
Relation specification
Additional remarks argument for identification of commemorated party: text
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 Bentheim sandstone
Traces of polychromy?
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth 35 x 75 x 0
Completeness Incomplete: a fragment. The shape of the tablet suggests that it was originally surmounted by a religious image. From Buchelius's drawing we can gather that the tablet was accompanied by two heraldic shields.
Condition Damaged and worn. The text is hard to read.
Conservation
Technical research
Specification (technical research)
Alterations
Alterations
Specification
Additional remarks
Provenance
Provenance The memorial piece has been in the cloister of old
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 provincie Utrecht (Utrecht 1919), 212; no. 67
  • Borst, P., et al., Graven en begraven in de Dom van Utrecht (Bunnik 1997), 21
  • Buchelius, A. , Monumenta passim in templis ac monasteriis Traiectinae urbis atque agri inventa (Utrecht ), 48; fol. 26v
  • Groot, A. de, De Dom van Utrecht in de zestiende eeuw. Inrichting, decoratie en gebruik van de katholieke kathedraal (Amsterdam 2011), 178, 204, 299, 343; no. 130
  • Haslinghuis, E.J.; Peeters, C.J.A.C., De Nederlandse Monumenten van Geschiedenis en Kunst, dl. II, De provincie Utrecht, Eerste stuk, De gemeente Utrecht, Tweede aflevering, De Dom van Utrecht ('s-Gravenhage 1965), 478; 5
Other documentation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks Clergymen, lay officials and scholars of the St. Maartenskerk/Domkerk (St Martin's Church/Dom Church) were buried in the cloister. The epitaphs of the commemorated persons were inscribed on tablets which were built into the cloister walls. Each bay contained three graves.

Single piece (front) of [153] Remnant of a memorial piece of Johannes the blind

Indication of part
Indication of part Single piece (front)
Short description
Short description Remnant of a memorial piece; only the stone tablet with memorial text remains
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 35 x 75 x 0
Date
Year 1487
Specified date 1487/08/31
Argumentation
  • date of death given on the object
Specification
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution Utrecht, Domkerk (St. Maartenskerk)
Collection
Collection identifier
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution The tablet is located in the west arm of the cloister, on the wall of the third bay (right-hand side)
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Identity
Name Wael, Cornelis de
Attribution
  • based on historical evidence (in literature)
Specification Accounts of the St. Maartenskerk/Domkerk of 1488-1489 mention a payment to master builder Cornelis de Wael for the "epitaphio Johannis organiste" (see Haslinghuis/Peeters 1965)
Assignment
Role
Specification
Additional remarks
Filiation
Filiation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Heraldry

Indication of part
Indication of part Single piece (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry originally displayed on the left-hand side (now lost)
Specification of heraldry
Type of heraldry
Specification
Shape of the shield
Specification
Description of the shield Description of the shield based on Buchelius's drawing: an embattled fess (een gekanteelde dwarsbalk)
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
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Indication of part
Indication of part Single piece (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry originally displayed on the right-hand side (now lost)
Specification of heraldry
Type of heraldry
Specification
Shape of the shield
Specification
Description of the shield Description of the shield based on Buchelius's drawing: three four-pointed stars, 2-1 (drie vierpuntige sterren, 2-1)
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
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Inscriptions

Indication of part
Indication of part Single piece (front)
Place of the inscription
Place of the inscription across the tablet
Language(s)
Languages
  • Dutch
Language specification
Transcription
Transcription Int jaer ons heren MCCCCLXXXVII op Sinte [Egidius avent] sterf blynde Johannes organiste [deser kercken].
Translation
English translation In the year of Our Lord 1487, on the eve of St Giles died Johannes the blind, organist of this church.
Dutch translation In het jaar ons Heren 1487, op de avond van St. Egidius stierf Johannes de blinde, organist van deze kerk.
Lay–out
Lay-out Gothic textualis
Inscription mentioning
Name [156] blynde Johannes (Johannes the blind) (male)
Sex male
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Additional remarks
Additional remarks The text is hard to read. Transcription taken from Bloys van Treslong Prins.

Person Description

Personal identification number
Personal identification number 156
Personal details
Name blynde Johannes (Johannes the blind)
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death 1487/08/31
Additional remarks Johannes was blind. He was a married man and organist of the St. Maartenskerk/Domkerk (St Martin's Church/Dom Church) in Utrecht. Johannes was buried in the cloister of this church.
Social standing
Status citizen of city
Arguments
  • mentioned in the inscription
Specification organist
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
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