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Memorial brass of Thomas Basin

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 2464
Name Memorial brass of Thomas Basin
Holding institution(s)
Holding institution(s)
  • Utrecht, Janskerk
Category
Type Tomb monument, tomb slab or floor slab (physical object)
Classification Tomb slab or floor slab
Short description Brass with three inscriptions divided by Greek crosses
Remarks about category
General date
General date 1475-1525
Artist(s)
Artist(s)
Original institution(s)
Original institution [20] St. Janskerk (St John's Church), Utrecht
Arguments
  • based on research (literature, archival or archaeological research)
  • the memorial object is still in the original institution
Specification Site where the object was found during excavations
Still in original institution? yes
Location inside the institution
In situ? no
(Probable) original location
  • in the choir
Argumentation
Related memorial objects in the same institution
Additional remarks (original location)
Additional remarks The brass was probably located in the choir, where the grave of the commemorated person was also located
Memorial piece
Function
Specification
Additional remarks
Memorial monument or floor slab
Function
Grave findings In 1948 the grave of Thomas Basin was discovered in the choir of the Janskerk (St John's Church). The brass was found inside the coffin, on the chest of the deceased. The coffin also contained an oak cross staff and wooden chalice.
Additional remarks
Original function
Change in function
Remarks about function
Name Thomas Basin
Specification
Members of the commemorated party
Commemorated person(s)
  • [4850] Thomas Basin (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)
  • brass (copper alloy)
  • (semi-)precious metal(s)
Specification brass plate; metal frame
Traces of polychromy?
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth 75 x 37 x 0
Completeness The brass may originally have been set in the stone floor slab of Thomas Basin
Condition Surface damages
Conservation
Technical research
Specification (technical research)
Alterations
Alterations
Specification
Additional remarks
Provenance
Provenance
Marks of ownership
Type(s) of mark(s) of ownership
Specification
  • Kolman, Chris; Olde Meierink, B.; Stenvert, Ronald, Monumenten in Nederland. Utrecht. Rijksdienst voor de Monumentenzorg (Zwolle 1996), 226
  • Vliet, Kaj van, De sterfdag van Thomas Basin 500 jaar geleden, Maandblad Oud-Utrecht 63 (1990), 125-126
  • Vliet, Kaj van, Thomas Basin in Utrecht, Jaarboek Oud Utrecht (1991), 59-92
Other documentation
SKKN: inv. no. 969-12, photo no. 969-12_2, 969-12_3
Additional remarks
Additional remarks • The brass shows three inscriptions: the Apostles' Creed, the text of Job 19:25-27 and a memorial text. • The Janskerk (St John's Church) also houses a modern stone floor slab of Thomas Basin (1948 or later), a remnant of a memorial piece of Thomas's brother Nicolaas Basin and his first wife Catherina de Quesnay (ca. 1492) and a brass slab of Nicolaas Basin and his descendants (ca. 1495).

Tomb or floor slab (front) of [2464] Memorial brass of Thomas Basin

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Short description
Short description Brass with three inscriptions divided by Greek crosses
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 75 x 37 x 0
Date
Year ca.1491
Specified date
Argumentation
  • date of death (from other sources)
Specification based on Thomas's date of death: he died on 30 December 1490
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution Utrecht, Janskerk
Collection
Collection identifier
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility The brass is kept behind glass
Remarks about holding institution The brass is anchored to the south wall of the choir (since the most recent restoration of the church)
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Filiation
Filiation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Inscriptions

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of the inscription
Place of the inscription top of the brass
Language(s)
Languages
  • Latin
Language specification
Transcription
Transcription Credo in Deum Patrem omnipotentem Creatorem celi et terre. Et in Ihesum Christum Filium eius unicum Dominum nostrum. Qui conceptus est de Spiritu sancto, natus ex Maria Virgine, passus sub Poncio Pylato, crucifixus, mortuus et sepultus, descendit ad inferna. Tercia die resurrexit a mortuis. Ascendit ad celos. Sedet ad dexteram Patris, inde venturus iudicare vivos et mortuos. Credo in Spiritum sanctum. Sanctam Ecclesiam catholicam. Sanctorum communicationem. Remissionem peccatorum. Carnis resurrectionem. Vitam eternam. Amen.
Translation
English translation I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and life everlasting. Amen
Dutch translation Ik geloof in God de almachtige Vader, Schepper van hemel en aarde. En in Jezus Christus, Zijn enige Zoon, onze Heer, Die ontvangen is van de Heilige Geest, geboren uit de maagd Maria, Die geleden heeft onder Pontius Pilatus, is gekruisigd, gestorven en begraven, Die nedergedaald is ter helle, de derde dag verrezen uit de doden, Die opgestegen is ten hemel, zit aan de rechterhand van God, de almachtige Vader, Vandaar zal Hij komen oordelen de levenden en de doden. Ik geloof in de Heilige Geest; De Heilige katholieke Kerk, de gemeenschap van de heiligen; De vergeving van de zonden; De verrijzenis van het lichaam; En het eeuwig leven. Amen
Lay–out
Lay-out
Inscription mentioning
Additional remarks
Additional remarks This is the Apostles' Creed.
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of the inscription
Place of the inscription bottom of the brass
Language(s)
Languages
  • Latin
Language specification
Transcription
Transcription Thomas, servus Jhesu Christi, quondam episcopus Lexoviensis provincie Rothomagensis, oriundus de Caldibecco castello prope Rothomagum super Secanam.
Translation
English translation Thomas, servant of Jesus Christ, former bishop of Lisieux in the archdiocese Rouen; born in the village of Caudebec near Rouen on the Seine.
Dutch translation Thomas, dienaar van Jezus Christus, voormalige bisschop van Lisieux in de kerkprovincie Rouen; geboren in het stadje Caudebec nabij Rouen aan de Seine.
Lay–out
Lay-out
Inscription mentioning
Name [4850] Thomas Basin (male)
Sex male
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of the inscription
Place of the inscription centre of the brass
Language(s)
Languages
  • Latin
Language specification
Transcription
Transcription Scio enim quod Redemptor meus vivit. Et in novissimo die de terra surrecturus sum, et rursum circumdabor pelle mea. Et in carne mea videbo Deum, Quem visurus sum ego ipse et oculi mei conspecturi sunt et non alius. Reposita est hec spes mea in sinu meo. Job XIX cetera.
Translation
English translation For I know that my Redeemer lives. And at the youngest day I will rise from the earth, and will be clothed again by my skin. And in my flesh I will see God, Whom I will be seeing myself; my eyes will see him and not someone else. This hope of mine is resting in my heart. Job 19 etc.
Dutch translation Want ik weet dat mijn Verlosser leeft. En op de jongste dag zal ik opstaan van de aarde en weer bekleed worden met mijn huid. In mijn vlees zal ik God zien; ikzelf zal Hem zien. Mijn ogen zullen hem zien, en niet iemand anders. Deze hoop van mij rust diep in mijn hart. Job 19 enz.
Lay–out
Lay-out
Inscription mentioning
Additional remarks
Additional remarks This is the text of Job 19:25-27. The translations reflect the text of the Vulgate.

Person Description

Personal identification number
Personal identification number 4850
Personal details
Name Thomas Basin
Sex male
Year/date of birth 1412
Year/date of death 1490/12/30
Additional remarks Also known as Thomas Basijns, Bazijn or Basius. Basin was born at Caudebec in Normandy. He studied in Paris, Louvain and Pavia. He attended the Council of Florence and became canon of the church in Rouen, professor of canon law at the new university of Caen and vicar-general for the bishop of Bayeux. In 1447 he became bishop of Lisieux. Basin was employed by Charles VII of France and by his successor Louis XI. In 1464 he fell into disfavour with the king, and was sent into exile. Basin eventually proceeded to Rome and renounced his bishopric. In 1474 Pope Sixtus IV made him archbishop of Caesarea. He spent the last years of his life in Trier and Utrecht, where he occupied himself mainly with writing. He was buried on 1 January 1491 in the choir of the Janskerk (St John's Church) in Utrecht. His brother Nicolaas Basin was also buried in this church.
Social standing
Status secular clergy
Arguments
  • according to literature
  • mentioned in the inscription
Specification
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy bishop
Specification canon; vicar-general for the bishop of Bayeux; bishop of Lisieux (1447-1474); archbishop of Caesarea (1474-1490)
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
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