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Floor slab of the Boelen family

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 195
Name Floor slab of the Boelen family
Holding institution(s)
Holding institution(s)
  • Amsterdam, Nieuwe Kerk
Category
Type Tomb monument, tomb slab or floor slab (physical object)
Classification Tomb slab or floor slab
Short description Richly decorated stone slab with in a niche the effigy of a priest holding a chalice, two putti and two coats of arms above, a heraldic shield flanked by two coats of arms below, an inscription along the edge and the evangelist symbols in the corners
Remarks about category
General date
General date 1525-1550
Artist(s)
Artist(s)
Original institution(s)
Original institution [41] Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk (Maria en Catharinakerk; Nieuwe Kerk) (Our Lady's Church (SS Mary and Catharine's Church; New Church)), Amsterdam
Arguments
  • the memorial object is still in the original institution
Specification
Still in original institution? yes
Location inside the institution
In situ?
(Probable) original location
  • near an altar
  • near another memorial object for the commemorated person(s) or relatives
Argumentation
Related memorial objects in the same institution
Additional remarks (original location)
Additional remarks The slab was originally located in the chapel of the Boelen family, which was founded by Vechter Dirk Boelen in 1510.
Memorial piece
Function
Specification
Additional remarks
Memorial monument or floor slab
Function liturgical/religious and social
Grave findings
Additional remarks Commemorated on the object are a married couple, (members of) a nuclear family or (members of) an extended family: see Commemorated party.
Original function
Change in function
Remarks about function
Name Boelen family
Specification
Members of the commemorated party
Commemorated person(s)
  • [857] Margriet Dirk Boelen (female)
  • [205] Duyf, wife of Boel Heinrickz. Boel Dirckz. (female)
  • [204] Boel Heinrickz. Boel Dirckz. (male)
  • [858] Vechter Dirk Boelen (male)
  • [861] Dirk Boelen Hendriksz. (male)
  • [203] Claes Hilbrantsz. Boelen (Nicolaas Hillebrandz. Boelen-den Otter) (male)
Commemorated institution(s)
Relation between commemorated persons extended family
Relation specification a maried couple, a son, two grandchildren and a great-great-grandson
Additional remarks
Name Claes Hilbrantsz. Boelen
Composition of the commissioning party
  • single person
Specification
Members of the commissioning party
Commissioning person(s)
  • [203] Claes Hilbrantsz. Boelen (Nicolaas Hillebrandz. Boelen-den Otter) (male)
Commissioning Institution(s)
Relation between commissioning party and commemorated party The commissioning party consisted of one or more members of the commemorated party
Relation specification
Additional remarks Claes ordered the slab in 1535, five years prior to his death
Material(s)
  • stone
Specification
Traces of polychromy?
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth
Completeness
Condition
Conservation
Technical research
Specification (technical research)
Alterations
Alterations
  • decoration(s) removed
Specification The chalice has been hacked away
Additional remarks
Provenance
Provenance
Marks of ownership
Type(s) of mark(s) of ownership
Specification
  • Belonje, J.; Bloys van Treslong Prins, P.C., Genealogische en heraldische gedenkwaardigheden in en uit de kerken der provincie Noord-Holland. Deel I Aalsmeer tot Amsterdam (Nieuwe Kerk) (Utrecht 1928), 294-295; no. 167
  • Schölvinck, Hester, Graven in de Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam (Amsterdam ), 22-24
  • Sterck, J.F.M., Eenige documenten betreffende de familie Boelens-den Otter, Bijdragen voor de geschiedenis van het Bisdom van Haarlem 22 (1897), 442-464
Other documentation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks The altar inside the chapel of the Boelen family was decorated with a now lost triptych by Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostsanen which showed the Virgin and Child with devotional portraits of members of the Boelen-den Otter family and their name saints.

Tomb or floor slab (front) of [195] Floor slab of the Boelen family

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Short description
Short description Richly decorated stone slab with in a niche the effigy of a priest holding a chalice, two putti and two coats of arms above, a heraldic shield flanked by two coats of arms below, an inscription along the edge and the evangelist symbols in the corners
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth
Date
Year 1535
Specified date
Argumentation
  • date given on the object (not date of death)
Specification
Additional remarks dated 1535 (to the right of the priest)
Holding institution
Holding institution Amsterdam, Nieuwe Kerk
Collection
Collection identifier
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution
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
Portrait of
Name Claes Hilbrantsz. Boelen (Nicolaas Hillebrandz. Boelen-den Otter)
Sex male
Argumentation
  • based on text(s) on the memorial object
  • based on literature or archival research
  • based on heraldry on the memorial object
Specification
Portrait — portraiture
Physical state of the portrayed person alive
Argumentation
Specification
Posture standing
Manner of portrayal
Portrait — clothing, attributes and insignia
Clothing
Type of clothing clothes of a secular office holder
Short description chasuble with an Y Cross which shows the Salvator Mundi and SS Peter, Paul and John the Baptist
Attributes
Attributes
  • liturgical vessels
Specification chalice (hacked away)
Insignia
Insignia
Specification
Remarks about clothing
Additional remarks

Heraldry

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry top of the slab, on the left
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
Specification
Description of the shield per fess, A: a bird on a branch; B: a passant otter (doorsneden, A: een vogel op een tak (Boelen); B: een gaande otter (Den Otter))
Description of the upper arms (helmet, crest and mantling) crest: crest coronet (helmteken: helmkroon)
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 Boelen-Den Otter
Person details
Person details
  • [203] Claes Hilbrantsz. Boelen (Nicolaas Hillebrandz. Boelen-den Otter) (male)
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry top of the slab, on the right
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
Specification
Description of the shield per pale, I: the initials N. H. B.; II: three roundles, 2-1 (gedeeld, I: de letters N.H.B. (Boelen); II: drie bollen, 2-1 (Beth))
Description of the upper arms (helmet, crest and mantling) crest: crest coronet (helmteken: helmkroon)
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 Boelen-Beth
Person details
Person details
  • [203] Claes Hilbrantsz. Boelen (Nicolaas Hillebrandz. Boelen-den Otter) (male)
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry bottom of the slab, on the left
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
Specification
Description of the shield per fess, A: a bird on a branch; B: a passant otter (doorsneden, A: een vogel op een tak (Boelen); B: een gaande otter (Den Otter))
Description of the upper arms (helmet, crest and mantling) crest: crest coronet (helmteken: helmkroon)
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 Boelen-Den Otter
Person details
Person details
  • [203] Claes Hilbrantsz. Boelen (Nicolaas Hillebrandz. Boelen-den Otter) (male)
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry bottom of the slab, in the centre
Specification of heraldry
Type of heraldry Personal use of family arms (one undivided shield)
Specification
Shape of the shield
Specification
Description of the shield a mark between the initials B and B (een merk, vergezeld van de letters B en B)
Description of the upper arms (helmet, crest and mantling) crest: crest coronet (helmteken: helmkroon)
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 a member of the Boelen family
Person details
Person details
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry bottom of the slab, on the right
Specification of heraldry
Type of heraldry
Specification
Shape of the shield
Specification
Description of the shield two fesses with five saltirels, 3-2 (twee dwarsbalken, beladen met vijf schuinkruisjes, 3-2 (Zael))
Description of the upper arms (helmet, crest and mantling) crest: crest coronet (helmteken: helmkroon)
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 Zael
Person details
Person details
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Inscriptions

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of the inscription
Place of the inscription along the bottom of the slab
Language(s)
Languages
  • Latin
Language specification
Transcription
Transcription In venerabilem memoriam. Claes Hillebrantsz. Boelen 1540. Crux pellit omne crimen.
Translation
English translation In venerable memory. Claes Hilbrantsz. Boelen 1540. The cross drives away all guilt.
Dutch translation In eerbiedwaardige herinnering. Claes Hilbrantsz. Boelen 1540. Het kruis verdrijft alle schuld.
Lay–out
Lay-out Gothic textualis
Inscription mentioning
Name [203] Claes Hilbrantsz. Boelen (Nicolaas Hillebrandz. Boelen-den Otter) (male)
Sex male
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Additional remarks
Additional remarks Motto of Claes Hilbrantsz. Boelen (Nicolaas Hillebrandz. Boelen-den Otter).
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of the inscription
Place of the inscription along the right, left, and top edges of the slab
Language(s)
Languages
  • Dutch
Language specification
Transcription
Transcription Hier leggen begraven Boel Heinrickz. Boel Dirckz. en Duyf syn wyf. Dirck Boelenz., heer Vechter ende Griete Boele syn kinderen ende hier leit begraven meester Claes Hilbrantsz. Boelen sterf anno XVc ende XL den XXII Septembris.
Translation
English translation Here lie buried Boel Heinrickz. Boel Dirckz. and Duyf his wife. Dirk Boelen and his children sir Vechter and Margriet Boelen and here lies buried master Claes Hilbrantsz. Boelen, died in the year 1540 on September 22.
Dutch translation
Lay–out
Lay-out Gothic textualis
Inscription mentioning
Name [857] Margriet Dirk Boelen (female)
Sex female
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Name [858] Vechter Dirk Boelen (male)
Sex male
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Name [205] Duyf, wife of Boel Heinrickz. Boel Dirckz. (female)
Sex female
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Name [861] Dirk Boelen Hendriksz. (male)
Sex male
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Name [203] Claes Hilbrantsz. Boelen (Nicolaas Hillebrandz. Boelen-den Otter) (male)
Sex male
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Name [204] Boel Heinrickz. Boel Dirckz. (male)
Sex male
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
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)
  • allegorical figures
  • mythical figures and/or creatures
  • flowers/plants
  • evangelist symbols
  • scrollwork and/or strapwork
  • animals (pets/other)
  • angels, putti or cherubs
Description of the decoration(s)
Description of the decoration(s) evangelist symbols in the corners; grotesques surrounding the niche (scrolling, putti, foliage, mythical/allegorical figures and animals)
Depicted allegories
Depicted allegories
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Person Description

Personal identification number
Personal identification number 203
Personal details
Name Claes Hilbrantsz. Boelen (Nicolaas Hillebrandz. Boelen-den Otter)
Sex male
Year/date of birth 1496
Year/date of death 1540/09/12
Additional remarks Son of Hillebrand Jansz. den Otter and Margriet Boelen, daughter of Boel Dirk Boelen and sister of Amsterdam mayor Andries Boelen. Brother of Catharina, Dirck (mayor) and Grietje. Claes was a pilgrim to the Holy Land and a much respected clergyman. He was buried in the Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam.
Social standing
Status secular clergy
Arguments
  • clothing of the portrayed person
  • according to literature
Specification
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy (parish or chantry) priest
Specification priest of the Nieuwe Kerk (Our Lady's/St Catherine's Church), Amsterdam; prior of the St Cecilia convent, Amsterdam
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Personal identification number
Personal identification number 204
Personal details
Name Boel Heinrickz. Boel Dirckz.
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death
Additional remarks Husband of Duyf(je). Father of Dirk Boelen Hendriksz. He was buried in the Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam.
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 205
Personal details
Name Duyf, wife of Boel Heinrickz. Boel Dirckz.
Sex female
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death
Additional remarks Mother of Dirk Boelen Hendriksz. She was buried in the Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam.
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 857
Personal details
Name Margriet Dirk Boelen
Sex female
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death 1515
Additional remarks Daughter of Dirk Boelen Hendriksz. and Margriet Claas Heinszsdr. Wife of Jan Coman Jansz., who died in 1508. She commissioned the 'Adoration of the Shepherds', ID 524, a painting by Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostsanen which features the portraits of several of her family members.
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 858
Personal details
Name Vechter Dirk Boelen
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death 1520
Additional remarks Son of Dirk Boelen Hendriksz. and Margriet Claas Heinszsdr. Founder of the Boelens' Chapel in the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) in Amsterdam in 1510.
Social standing
Status secular clergy
Arguments
  • according to literature
Specification
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy (parish or chantry) priest
Specification Vechter became a priest after the death of his wife (before July 1467)
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Personal identification number
Personal identification number 861
Personal details
Name Dirk Boelen Hendriksz.
Sex male
Year/date of birth ca.1406
Year/date of death 1459
Additional remarks Son of Boel Dirksz. and Duyf(je). Husband of Margriet Claas Heinszsdr. Father of at least seven sons and seven daughters (based on memorial painting). He was buried in the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), Amsterdam.
Social standing
Status patriciate
Arguments
  • according to literature
Specification mayor of Amsterdam in 1447, 1453 and 1457
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
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