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Memorial painting (triptych) with the Entombment and devotional portraits of a man and a woman

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 614
Name Memorial painting (triptych) with the Entombment and devotional portraits of a man and a woman
Holding institution(s)
Holding institution(s)
  • Brussels, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Category
Type Memorial item (physical object)
Classification Triptych
Short description Triptych showing the Entombment with devotional portraits and saints
Remarks about category Triptych: the composition of the central panel continues into the interior wings
General date
General date 1550-1575
Artist(s)
Artist(s)
  • Heemskerck, Maarten van
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
Memorial piece
Function
  • liturgical/religious
  • social
Specification
Additional remarks • Commemorated on the object are a married couple, (members of) a nuclear family or (members of) an extended family: see Commemorated party. • No information is available about possible other functions: a memorial text may be missing. • Given the size, the memorial painting may also have functioned as an altarpiece.
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)
  • [1139] unknown woman (female)
  • [1140] unknown man (male)
Commemorated institution(s)
Relation between commemorated persons married couple
Relation specification
Additional remarks The positioning of the man at the right-hand side of the religious image (pride of place), suggests that a married couple is represented, although other possibilities cannot be excluded
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)
  • wood (panel)
Specification oil on oak
Traces of polychromy?
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth
Completeness The triptych may have been accompanied by a memorial text and heraldry on the frame(s) and/or a separate text panel
Condition
Conservation
Technical research
Specification (technical research)
Alterations
Alterations
Specification
Additional remarks
Provenance
Provenance See literature: Catalogue Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België, Brussels (Brussels 1984)
Marks of ownership
Type(s) of mark(s) of ownership
Specification
  • Grosshans, R., Maerten van Heemskerck: die Gemälde (Berlin 1980), 224-228
  • Pauwels, H., Inventariscatalogus van de oude schilderkunst: Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België, departement Oude Kunst (Brussels 1984), 136
Other documentation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Exterior left wing of triptych of [614] Memorial painting (triptych) with the Entombment and devotional portraits of a man and a woman

Indication of part
Indication of part Exterior left wing of triptych
Short description
Short description Prophet Isaiah
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 219 x 66 x 0
Date
Year 1560
Specified date
Argumentation
  • date given on the object (not date of death)
Specification dated 1560, on the bottom left
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution Brussels, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Collection The Museum of Ancient Art
Collection identifier 2752
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Identity
Name Heemskerck, Maarten van
Attribution
  • signature
Specification 'Martinus va Heemskerck. fecit' on the bottom left
Assignment
Role
Specification
Additional remarks
Filiation
Filiation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Interior right wing of triptych of [614] Memorial painting (triptych) with the Entombment and devotional portraits of a man and a woman

Indication of part
Indication of part Interior right wing of triptych
Short description
Short description Devotional portrait of a woman with St Mary Magdalene
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 219 x 66 x 0
Date
Year 1559
Specified date
Argumentation
  • date given on the object (not date of death)
Specification dated 1560, on the bottom left (An° M. D. LIX)
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution Brussels, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Collection The Museum of Ancient Art
Collection identifier 2752
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Identity
Name Heemskerck, Maarten van
Attribution
  • signature
Specification 'Martinus Van Heemskerck feecit' on the bottom left
Assignment
Role
Specification
Additional remarks
Filiation
Filiation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Interior left wing of triptych of [614] Memorial painting (triptych) with the Entombment and devotional portraits of a man and a woman

Indication of part
Indication of part Interior left wing of triptych
Short description
Short description Devotional portrait of a man with St Peter
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 219 x 66 x 0
Date
Year 1559
Specified date
Argumentation
  • date given on the object (not date of death)
Specification dated 1559, on the bottom left
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution Brussels, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Collection The Museum of Ancient Art
Collection identifier 2752
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Identity
Name Heemskerck, Maarten van
Attribution
  • signature
Specification monogram 'MVH' on the bottom left
Assignment
Role
Specification
Additional remarks
Filiation
Filiation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Exterior right wing of triptych of [614] Memorial painting (triptych) with the Entombment and devotional portraits of a man and a woman

Indication of part
Indication of part Exterior right wing of triptych
Short description
Short description Prophet Jeremiah
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 219 x 66 x 0
Date
Year 1560
Specified date
Argumentation
  • date given on the object (not date of death)
Specification dated 1560, in the centre foreground
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution Brussels, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Collection The Museum of Ancient Art
Collection identifier 2752
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Identity
Name Heemskerck, Maarten van
Attribution
  • signature
Specification signed 'Martinus van Heemskerck' on the bottom right
Assignment
Role
Specification
Additional remarks
Filiation
Filiation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Central panel of triptych (front) of [614] Memorial painting (triptych) with the Entombment and devotional portraits of a man and a woman

Indication of part
Indication of part Central panel of triptych (front)
Short description
Short description Entombment
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 220 x 149 x 0
Date
Year 1559
Specified date
Argumentation
  • date given on the object (not date of death)
Specification dated 1559, on the bottom left
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution Brussels, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Collection The Museum of Ancient Art
Collection identifier 2752
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Identity
Name Heemskerck, Maarten van
Attribution
  • signature
Specification signed 'Martinus. van Heemskerck inventor' in the center foreground
Assignment
Role
Specification
Additional remarks
Filiation
Filiation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Portraits

Indication of part
Indication of part Interior right wing of triptych
Place of the portrait
Place of the portrait in the foreground
Portrait of
Name unknown woman
Sex female
Argumentation
  • not identified
Specification
Portrait — portraiture
Physical state of the portrayed person alive
Argumentation
Specification
Posture kneeling
Manner of portrayal folded hands
Portrait — clothing, attributes and insignia
Clothing
Type of clothing
Short description black veil and garment
Attributes
Attributes
  • rosary
Specification
Insignia
Insignia
Specification
Remarks about clothing
Additional remarks Most likely the wife of the man on the interior left wing
Indication of part
Indication of part Interior left wing of triptych
Place of the portrait
Place of the portrait in the foreground
Portrait of
Name unknown man
Sex male
Argumentation
  • not identified
Specification
Portrait — portraiture
Physical state of the portrayed person alive
Argumentation
Specification
Posture kneeling
Manner of portrayal folded hands
Portrait — clothing, attributes and insignia
Clothing
Type of clothing
Short description black fur-lined tabard
Attributes
Attributes
  • no general attributes
Specification
Insignia
Insignia
Specification
Remarks about clothing
Additional remarks Most likely the husband of the woman on the interior right wing

Saint Portraits

Indication of the part
Indication of the part Interior right wing of triptych
Place of the portrait
Place of the portrait Behind or near the portrayed person(s)
Specification of saint
Name Mary Magdalene
Sex female
Type of saint
  • unknown
Specification
Attributes
  • medical tools/medication/hygiene
Specification ointment jar
Gesture
  • holding one or more attributes in his/her hands
  • pointing to a commemorated person
Specification
Posture standing
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Indication of the part
Indication of the part Interior left wing of triptych
Place of the portrait
Place of the portrait Behind or near the portrayed person(s)
Specification of saint
Name Peter
Sex male
Type of saint
  • unknown
Specification
Attributes
  • tools/instruments (incl. keys)/materials (part of)
Specification key(s)
Gesture
  • holding one or more attributes in his/her hands
  • pointing to a commemorated person
Specification
Posture standing
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Person Description

Personal identification number
Personal identification number 1139
Personal details
Name unknown woman
Sex female
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death
Additional remarks
Social standing
Status
Arguments
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 1140
Personal details
Name unknown man
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death
Additional remarks
Social standing
Status
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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