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Memorial sculpture with the devotional portrait of a canon

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 593
Name Memorial sculpture with the devotional portrait of a canon
Holding institution(s)
Holding institution(s)
  • Brussels, Royal Museums of Art and History
Category
Type Memorial item (physical object)
Classification Single piece (sculpture)
Short description Memorial sculpture with a devotional portrait of a canon, a heraldic shield and SS Thomas and Sebastian
Remarks about category
General date
General date 1475-1525
Artist(s)
Artist(s)
  • Utrecht area, artist from the
Original institution(s)
Original institution [127] Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk (Mariakerk; Maria Maior) (Our Lady's Church), Utrecht
Arguments
  • based on research (literature, archival or archaeological research)
Specification Around 1840, Utrecht architect Christiaan Kramm (1797-1875) made a drawing of the memorial sculpture. According to an accompanying note, the sculpture originated from the demolished part of the Mariakerk, where it was discovered inside a walled-up bay.
Still in original institution? no
Location inside the institution
In situ?
(Probable) original location
  • in the transept
  • in the nave
Argumentation
Related memorial objects in the same institution
Additional remarks (original location)
Additional remarks
Memorial piece
Function
  • liturgical/religious
Specification
Additional remarks No information is available about possible other functions: a religious image and 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)
  • [1042] unknown canon (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)
  • stone
Specification sandstone; paint
Traces of polychromy? yes
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth 61 x 76 x 9
Completeness Incomplete: other Utrecht memorial sculptures with half figures show the Virgin and Child in a separate section above the portrait and saints. It is therefore plausible that this work is a remnant. The original sculpture would have included an image of the Virgin and Child (on the crescent moon) and possibly a memorial text as well. See also 'Filiation' (under 'Part').
Condition In overall good condition. Some breaks.
Conservation
Technical research
Specification (technical research)
Alterations
Alterations
Specification
Additional remarks
Provenance
Provenance See literature: Klinckaert (1996)
Marks of ownership
Type(s) of mark(s) of ownership
Specification
  • Boon, K.G., Eenige opmerkingen naar aanleiding van vroege Nederlandsche schilders, Oud Holland 57 (1940), 97-108, 97-98
  • Bueren, T. van, Leven na de dood: gedenken in de late Middeleeuwen (Turnhout 1999), 67
  • Klinckaert, J.W., Bidt voor de ziel. Een laatmiddeleeuws epitaaf van een kanunnik van de voormalige St. Mariakerk te Utrecht, Bulletin des Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire 67 (1996), 111-120, 111-120
  • Schooten, K. van; Leeflang, M., Middeleeuwse beelden uit Utrecht 1430-1530 (Utrecht/Antwerpen 2012), 322-323; no. 76
Other documentation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks At the top of the sculpture, an angel holds up a shield. The now plain shield originally showed a heraldic device.

Single piece (front) of [593] Memorial sculpture with the devotional portrait of a canon

Indication of part
Indication of part Single piece (front)
Short description
Short description Memorial sculpture with a devotional portrait of a canon, a heraldic shield and SS Thomas and Sebastian
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 61 x 76 x 9
Date
Year ca.1500
Specified date
Argumentation
  • based on historical and/or technical research
  • based on stylistic research
Specification date based on stylistic analysis; clothes
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution Brussels, Royal Museums of Art and History
Collection Cinquantenaire Museum
Collection identifier 3662
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Identity
Name Utrecht area, artist from the
Attribution
  • based on historical evidence (in literature)
Specification origin of work
Assignment
Role
Specification
Additional remarks
Filiation
Filiation This work is part of a group of Utrecht memorial sculptures with half figures, some of which are still accompanied by a memorial text, see also MeMO Memorial Object ID 492; ID 494; ID 544.
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Portraits

Indication of part
Indication of part Single piece (front)
Place of the portrait
Place of the portrait in the centre (foreground)
Portrait of
Name unknown 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 folded hands
Portrait — clothing, attributes and insignia
Clothing
Type of clothing clothes of a secular office holder
Short description alb or surplice
Attributes
Attributes
  • (ecclesiastical) vestments
Specification almuce hanging over his left forearm
Insignia
Insignia
Specification
Remarks about clothing
Additional remarks The portrayed person was a canon in Utrecht

Heraldry

Indication of part
Indication of part Single piece (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry top of the sculpture, above the portrayed person
Specification of heraldry
Type of heraldry
Specification
Shape of the shield Semicircular shield
Specification
Description of the shield Gold heraldic shield, polychromy lost - (Gouden heraldisch schild, polychromie verdwenen)
Description of the upper arms (helmet, crest and mantling)
Remarks
Additional parts of the achievement
Type of supporter
  • One or two mythical figures (angels or putti)
Specification Angel
Motto
English translation of the motto
Insignia or attributes
Heraldry belonging to
Heraldry belonging to Not identified
Person details
Person details
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

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 left
Specification of saint
Name Thomas
Sex male
Type of saint
  • unknown
Specification
Attributes
  • torture (weapons/instruments of)
  • text carrier (e.g. book)
Specification spear; book
Gesture
  • holding one or more attributes in his/her hands
Specification
Posture in half-figure
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
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 Sebastian
Sex male
Type of saint
  • unknown
Specification
Attributes
  • torture (weapons/instruments of)
Specification bow; arrows
Gesture
  • holding one or more attributes in his/her hands
  • hand on the shoulder or back of a commemorated person
Specification left hand on the shoulder of the commemorated person
Posture in half-figure
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Person Description

Personal identification number
Personal identification number 1042
Personal details
Name unknown canon
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death
Additional remarks
Social standing
Status secular clergy
Arguments
  • clothing of the portrayed person
Specification
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy canon
Specification canon in Utrecht
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
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