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Tomb monument of a member of the Van Drakenburg family (Werner?)

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 2971
Name Tomb monument of a member of the Van Drakenburg family (Werner?)
Holding institution(s)
Holding institution(s)
  • Utrecht, Centraal Museum
Category
Type Tomb monument, tomb slab or floor slab (physical object)
Classification Tomb monument
Short description Stone, freestanding table tomb: slab on which rest four short pillars that support a second slab, on which are placed the gisant of a knight and a lion
Remarks about category
General date
General date 1350-1400
Artist(s)
Artist(s)
Original institution(s)
Original institution [925] Wittevrouwenklooster, Premonstratenzerinnen (Convent Wittevrouwen, Premonstratensian Nuns), Utrecht
Arguments
  • based on research (literature, archival or archaeological research)
Specification Possible original institution: according to tradition
Original institution [145] Dominicanen (Predikheren, Jacobijnen) (Convent of Dominican Friars (Predikheren, Jacobijnen)), Utrecht
Arguments
  • based on research (literature, archival or archaeological research)
Specification Possible original institution: the burial vault of the Van Drakenburg family was located in the chapel of this convent
Still in original institution? no
Location inside the institution
In situ?
(Probable) original location
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; no information on possible other functions
Grave findings
Additional remarks 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 member of the Van Drakenburg family (Werner?)
Specification
Members of the commemorated party
Commemorated person(s)
  • [5626] member of the Van Drakenburg family (Werner?) (male)
Commemorated institution(s)
Relation between commemorated persons no relation (only one person mentioned/depicted)
Relation specification
Additional remarks Argument for identification of the commemorated party: heraldic charges depicted on the clothes of the portrayed person. In view of the estimated date of the tomb monument (ca.1370-1390), the portrayed person could be Werner van Drakenburg, who was alderman and bailiff in Utrecht from 1364 until 1377.
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)
  • plaster
  • stone
Specification limestone: Namur stone
Traces of polychromy?
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth 40 x 57 x 188
Completeness Incomplete. Little remains of the original tomb monument: only parts of the gisant are original.
Condition In overall reasonable condition
Conservation The tomb monument was thoroughly restored in 1874-1876 with a view to the new arrangement of the collection of the Centraal Museum. The restoration was executed by E.F. Georges. He reconstructed the following missing elements in plaster: the lower legs and hands of the knight, parts of his face, the lion at his feet, parts of the armour and the two upper tassels of the pillow.
Technical research
Specification (technical research)
Alterations
Alterations
Specification
Additional remarks The tomb monument was produced in a Meuseland workshop
Provenance
Provenance Dominican Convent of St Andrew, Utrecht, or the Convent of Mary Magdalene ('Wittevrouwenklooster'), Utrecht; bastion Morgenster, Utrecht (near the former Dominican convent); town hall of Utrecht, the first location of the Centraal Museum, 1838.
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), 272; no. 18
  • Bruin, R.E. de; Brinkman, M., Utrechtse geschiedenis. De verzamelingen van het Centraal Museum (Utrecht 2007), 121-125; 5
  • Bueren, T. van, Gebeeldhouwde nagedachtenis in de Domstad, in: Schooten, K. van; Leeflang, M., Middeleeuwse beelden uit Utrecht 1430-1530 (Utrecht/Antwerpen 2012), 30-47, 42-43
  • Klinckaert, J., Beeldhouwkunst tot 1850. De verzamelingen van het Centraal Museum Utrecht 3 (Utrecht 1997), 55-58
Other documentation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Table tomb: lower part of [2971] Tomb monument of a member of the Van Drakenburg family (Werner?)

Indication of part
Indication of part Table tomb: lower part
Short description
Short description Slab with moulded edges on which rest four short pillars with bases
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 0 x 57 x 188
Date
Year
Specified date
Argumentation
Specification
Additional remarks Dating from 1874-1876, when the tomb monument was restored?
Holding institution
Holding institution Utrecht, Centraal Museum
Collection Sculpture up to 1850
Collection identifier 1834
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 This part of the monument is not original

Table tomb: upper part of [2971] Tomb monument of a member of the Van Drakenburg family (Werner?)

Indication of part
Indication of part Table tomb: upper part
Short description
Short description Slab with moulded edges on which are placed the gisant of a knight whose head rests on a pillow, and a recumbent lion at the knight's feet
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 0 x 57 x 188
Date
Year ca.1370-1390
Specified date
Argumentation
  • based on stylistic research
Specification style and type of the (suit of) armour
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution Utrecht, Centraal Museum
Collection Sculpture up to 1850
Collection identifier 1834
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 The slab and parts of the gisant are not original

Portraits

Indication of part
Indication of part Table tomb: upper part
Place of the portrait
Place of the portrait on the upper part of the table tomb
Portrait of
Name member of the Van Drakenburg family (Werner?)
Sex male
Argumentation
  • based on heraldry on the memorial object
Specification heraldic charges depicted on the tunic of the portrayed person
Portrait — portraiture
Physical state of the portrayed person deceased
Argumentation
  • recumbent
Specification recumbent; his hands folded on his chest; his head rests on a pillow with tassels
Posture recumbent
Manner of portrayal
Portrait — clothing, attributes and insignia
Clothing
Type of clothing aristocratic/noble attire
Short description a suit of armour; a coat of mail; a tunic bearing heraldic charges
Attributes
Attributes
  • sword
Specification a sword and dagger attached to a hip belt
Insignia
Insignia
Specification
Remarks about clothing
Additional remarks The man is depicted as a knight

Heraldry

Indication of part
Indication of part Table tomb: upper part
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry depicted on the tunic of the portrayed person
Specification of heraldry
Type of heraldry
Specification
Shape of the shield
Specification
Description of the shield barry of eight, the even bars with ten saltirels, 4-3-2-1 (gedwarsbalkt van acht stukken, de even dwarsbalken beladen met tien schuinkruisjes, 4-3-2-1)
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 Van Drakenburg
Person details
Person details
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Decorations

Indication of part
Indication of the part Table tomb: upper part
Type(s) of decoration(s)
Type(s) of decoration(s)
  • animals (pets/other)
Description of the decoration(s)
Description of the decoration(s) recumbent lion at the feet of the knight
Depicted allegories
Depicted allegories
Additional remarks
Additional remarks symbolizing strength, dignity, courage and wisdom

Person Description

Personal identification number
Personal identification number 5626
Personal details
Name member of the Van Drakenburg family (Werner?)
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death
Additional remarks The Van Drakenburg family belonged to the knightly class and was one of the most prominent families of Utrecht in the 14th and 15th century. The family owned town castle Drakenburg at the Oudegracht in Utrecht, Drakenburg Castle near Baarn, and Drakensteyn Castle near Lage Vuursche. Frederik I van Drakenburg was alderman ('schepen') in Utrecht in 1346, and bailiff ('schout') in Utrecht in 1350. His son Werner was alderman and bailiff in Utrecht from 1364 until 1377. Werner was married to 1) Elisabeth van Ruwiel, and 2) Johanna van Lichtenberg. Werner was the father of Frederik II van Drakenburg.
Social standing
Status nobility and patriciate
Arguments
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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