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Memorial sculpture with the Virgin and Child and the devotional portrait of a member of the clergy (canon?)

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 491
Name Memorial sculpture with the Virgin and Child and the devotional portrait of a member of the clergy (canon?)
Holding institution(s)
Holding institution(s)
  • Utrecht, Centraal Museum
Category
Type Memorial item (physical object)
Classification Single piece (sculpture)
Short description Memorial sculpture with the Virgin and Child, a devotional portrait and a saint
Remarks about category Single piece: no separation between portrait(s) - main image
General date
General date 1500-1525
Artist(s)
Artist(s)
  • Utrecht Stone Female Head, Master of the
Original institution(s)
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 The sculpture was originally located in an unknown (ecclesiastical) institution in Utrecht, considering that it is closely related to other sculptures that were made in Utrecht around the same time
Memorial piece
Function
  • liturgical/religious
Specification
Additional remarks No information is available about possible other functions: a text tablet may be missing
Memorial monument or floor slab
Function
Grave findings
Additional remarks
Original function
Change in function
Remarks about function
Name
Specification
Members of the commemorated party
Commemorated person(s)
  • [727] unknown member of the clergy (canon?) (male)
Commemorated institution(s)
Relation between commemorated persons not applicable (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)
  • stone
Specification Baumberg sandstone; paint
Traces of polychromy? yes
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth 49 x 62 x 11
Completeness The religious image may originally have been accompanied by a memorial text: see Filiation (Part).
Condition Severely damaged. The top of the sculpture and central pieces are missing. Three heads are (partly) missing, and several hands and arms as well. Some of the missing parts may have been hacked away.
Conservation
Technical research
Specification (technical research)
Alterations
Alterations
Specification
Additional remarks
Provenance
Provenance See literature: catalogue Centraal Museum, Utrecht (Utrecht 1997)
Marks of ownership
Type(s) of mark(s) of ownership
Specification
  • Bueren, T. van, Leven na de dood: gedenken in de late Middeleeuwen (Turnhout 1999), 99-100, 232-235
  • Klinckaert, J., Beeldhouwkunst tot 1850. De verzamelingen van het Centraal Museum Utrecht 3 (Utrecht 1997), 295
Other documentation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks A part of a rosary is visible above and between the legs of the Christ Child

Single piece (front) of [491] Memorial sculpture with the Virgin and Child and the devotional portrait of a member of the clergy (canon?)

Indication of part
Indication of part Single piece (front)
Short description
Short description Memorial sculpture with the Virgin and Child, a devotional portrait and a saint
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 49 x 62 x 11
Date
Year ca.1510-1520
Specified date
Argumentation
  • based on stylistic research
Specification date based on stylistic analysis
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution Utrecht, Centraal Museum
Collection
Collection identifier 1811
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Identity
Name Utrecht Stone Female Head, Master of the
Attribution
  • style
Specification attribution(s) on stylistic grounds
Assignment
Role
Specification
Additional remarks
Filiation
Filiation This sculpture is part of a group of Utrecht memorial sculptures with half figures, some of which are still accompanied by a memorial text. They are all from chapter churches, see MeMO Memorial Objects: Our Lady's Church (Mariakerk) ID 492; ID 494; ID 593; St Peter's Church (Pieterskerk) ID 544; an unknown chapter church ID 491, ID 593. A similar sculpture is known from a drawing by Pieter Saenredam of a chapel in St John's Church, see Van Bueren (1999), 233-235.
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Portraits

Indication of part
Indication of part Single piece (front)
Place of the portrait
Place of the portrait on the right (foreground)
Portrait of
Name unknown member of the clergy (canon?)
Sex male
Argumentation
  • not identified
Specification
Portrait — portraiture
Physical state of the portrayed person alive
Argumentation
Specification
Posture in half-figure
Manner of portrayal
Portrait — clothing, attributes and insignia
Clothing
Type of clothing
Short description
Attributes
Attributes
  • not recognizable
Specification attributes no longer recognizable (work is damaged)
Insignia
Insignia
Specification
Remarks about clothing
Additional remarks The portrait is too damaged to determine whether a canon is represented here; other Utrecht memorial sculptures with half figures all include the portrait of a canon

Saint Portraits

Indication of the part
Indication of the part Single piece (front)
Place of the portrait
Place of the portrait First saint from the right
Specification of saint
Name unknown male saint
Sex male
Type of saint
  • unknown
Specification
Attributes
Specification
Gesture
  • hand on the shoulder or back of a commemorated person
Specification
Posture in half-figure
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks unknown bearded saint

Person Description

Personal identification number
Personal identification number 727
Personal details
Name unknown member of the clergy (canon?)
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death
Additional remarks
Social standing
Status secular clergy
Arguments
  • according to literature
Specification based on the resemblance to other Utrecht memorial sculptures with half figures which all show devotional portraits of clergymen (canons)
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy canon
Specification most likely a canon (in Utrecht)
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
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