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Floor slab of Gerit van Berkel and Judith van Vechel (fragment(s))

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 2752
Name Floor slab of Gerit van Berkel and Judith van Vechel (fragment(s))
Holding institution(s)
Holding institution(s)
  • 's-Hertogenbosch, St. Janskathedraal
Category
Type Tomb monument, tomb slab or floor slab (physical object)
Classification Tomb slab or floor slab
Short description Fragment of a stone slab with an inscription along the edge, quartered arms in the corners, and Latin motto
Remarks about category
General date
General date 1525-1575
Artist(s)
Artist(s)
Original institution(s)
Original institution [387] St. Johannes Evangelistkerk (St. Janskathedraal) (St John Evangelist's Church (St John's Cathedral)), 's-Hertogenbosch
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
  • 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, social and didactic
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. • Inscription(s) and/or decoration(s) with a didactic statement, usually with references to the mortality of mankind / variations on ‘Remember that you will die’. • No information is available about possible other functions, because the object is too damaged or no photograph is available.
Original function
Change in function
Remarks about function
Name Geraert Jansz van Berckel and Judith van Vechel
Specification
Members of the commemorated party
Commemorated person(s)
  • [5270] Judith van Vechel (female)
  • [5269] Geraert Jansz van Berckel (Gerit van Berkel) (male)
Commemorated institution(s)
Relation between commemorated persons married couple
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 Meuse limestone
Traces of polychromy?
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth 107 x 123 x 0
Completeness Fragment only of a lower part of the slab, with the right side missing
Condition Somewhat worn, esp. the area of the Latin motto
Conservation
Technical research
Specification (technical research)
Alterations
Alterations
Specification
Additional remarks
Provenance
Provenance
Marks of ownership
Type(s) of mark(s) of ownership
Specification
  • Oudheusden, J.A.F.M. van; Tummers, H. A. , De grafzerken van de Sint-Jan te ’s-Hertogenbosch, http://www.grafzerkensintjan.nl/default.aspx, 220
Other documentation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Tomb or floor slab (front) of [2752] Floor slab of Gerit van Berkel and Judith van Vechel (fragment(s))

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Short description
Short description Fragment of a stone slab with an inscription along the edge, quartered arms in the corners, and Latin motto
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 107 x 123 x 0
Date
Year 1546
Specified date 1546/07/13
Argumentation
  • date of death given on the object
Specification
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution 's-Hertogenbosch, St. Janskathedraal
Collection
Collection identifier
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution The slab is situated in the south outer aisle of the nave
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Filiation
Filiation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Heraldry

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry in the lower left corner
Specification of heraldry
Type of heraldry Personal use of family arms (one undivided shield)
Specification
Shape of the shield Early renaissance shield
Specification
Description of the shield a fess, in chief a clover leaf, the stalk upwards (een dwarsbalk, boven vergezeld van een klaverblad, de steel naar boven)
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 De Quade van Ravensteyn
Person details
Person details
Additional remarks
Additional remarks This is the only remaining quartered arms. The arms in the other three corners are missing, as well as the central shield.

Inscriptions

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of the inscription
Place of the inscription in a rectangular cartouche on the lower half of the slab
Language(s)
Languages
  • Latin
Language specification
Transcription
Transcription Quid valet hic mundus quid gloria quidve triumphus? / Post miserum [funus] pulvis et umbra [sumus].
Translation
English translation What is here the worth of the world, what of glory or triumph? After our sad [death] [we are] dust and shadow.
Dutch translation Wat is hier de wereld waard? Wat roem of wat triomf? Na onze trieste [dood] [zijn wij] stof en schaduw.
Lay–out
Lay-out Incised Roman uncial capitals across the cartouche.
Inscription mentioning
Additional remarks
Additional remarks Distich.
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of the inscription
Place of the inscription probably along all four edges of the slab originally
Language(s)
Languages
  • Dutch
Language specification
Transcription
Transcription Hier leijt begraven Geraert Jansz van Berckel, Raetsheer deser stadt, sterft 1546 den 13 Julij ende Judith van Vechel, sterft den 2 Meij 1566
Translation
English translation Here lies buried Geraert Jansz van Berckel, councillor of this city, who died 1546 on 13 July, and Judith van Vechel, who died on 2 May 1566.
Dutch translation
Lay–out
Lay-out Raised Gothic textualis lettering on a text band
Inscription mentioning
Name [5270] Judith van Vechel (female)
Sex female
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Name [5269] Geraert Jansz van Berckel (Gerit van Berkel) (male)
Sex male
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Additional remarks
Additional remarks The fragment shows an inscription along the bottom and left edges of the slab

Person Description

Personal identification number
Personal identification number 5269
Personal details
Name Geraert Jansz van Berckel (Gerit van Berkel)
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death 1546/07/13
Additional remarks Geraert Jansz van Berckel was born between 1496 and 1499 to Jan van Berkel and Elisabeth de Quade van Ravesteyn. He was four times alderman in 's-Hertogenbosch between 1532 and 1543. He first married Maria Goyaerts Sterck, widow of Jan van Gameren, and then Judith van Vechel, daughter of Dirck Goyaerts van Vechel and Mechtelt Henricx van Aerle.
Social standing
Status citizen of city
Arguments
  • according to literature
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 5270
Personal details
Name Judith van Vechel
Sex female
Year/date of birth 1515
Year/date of death 1566/05/02
Additional remarks Judith was born around 1515 to Dirck Goyaerts van Vechel and Mechtelt Henricx van Aerle. She was the second wife of Gerit van Berckel and after his death in 1546 she married the widower Herman Gerits Proeninck van Deventer, many times alderman of the city, who died on 16 September 1550 and was buried elsewhere in St John's church. Judith was buried with her first husband.
Social standing
Status citizen of city
Arguments
  • according to literature
Specification
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
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