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Memorial painting with the Virgin and Child with St Anne ('Anna Selbdritt') and devotional portraits of two female members of a convent

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 615
Name Memorial painting with the Virgin and Child with St Anne ('Anna Selbdritt') and devotional portraits of two female members of a convent
Holding institution(s)
Holding institution(s)
  • Brussels, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Category
Type Memorial item (physical object)
Classification Single piece (painting)
Short description Painting showing the Virgin and Child with St Anne ('Anna Selbdritt') with devotional portraits and saints
Remarks about category Single piece: no separation between portrait(s) - main image
General date
General date 1475-1525
Artist(s)
Artist(s)
  • Alkmaar, Master of
Original institution(s)
Original institution [745] St. Caeciliaconvent, Tertiarissen (St Caecilia's Convent, Tertiaries), Hoorn
Arguments
  • based on research (literature, archival or archaeological research)
Specification Possible original institution, based on the iconography of the painting (see Additional Remarks)
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
  • social
  • liturgical/religious
Specification
Additional remarks • Commemorated on the object are two or more office-holders (holding the same office), members of the same corporation or members of the same religious order: see Commemorated party. • No information is available about possible other functions: a memorial text 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)
  • [1142] unknown female member of a convent (female)
  • [1141] unknown female member of a convent (female)
Commemorated institution(s)
Relation between commemorated persons members of a religious order
Relation specification Probably members of the same religious order and institution, namely the convent of St Cecilia in Hoorn (Tertiaries). They may also have been family members.
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)
  • wood (panel)
Specification oil on oak
Traces of polychromy?
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth 61 x 42 x 0
Completeness The religious image may have been accompanied by a memorial text and heraldry on the frame 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
  • Defoer, H.L.M., De reeks gebedsportretten van tertiarissen door de Meester van Alkmaar, http://www.defoer.nl/Kunstgeschiedenis/De%20reeks%20gebedsportretten%20van%20teriarissen%20door%20de%20Meester%20van%20Alkmaar.pdf
  • Pauwels, H., Inventariscatalogus van de oude schilderkunst: Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België, departement Oude Kunst (Brussels 1984), 336
Other documentation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks Henri Defoer argues that, considering the choice of saints, it seems likely that this painting was originally located in a convent in Hoorn. The background of the painting shows SS John the Baptist and Cecilia, respectively on the left and on the right. The residents of the city of Hoorn had a special veneration for St John the Baptist. In 1406, he became the offical patron saint of the city. The presence of St Cecilia points to the convent of Cecilia, which was one of the six tertiary convents in late Medieval Hoorn. For the interpretation of the two patron saints in the foreground, see Saint Portraits. (Henri Defoer, paper presented at the symposium 'Living Memoria', Utrecht, 2011-12-16)

Single piece (front) of [615] Memorial painting with the Virgin and Child with St Anne ('Anna Selbdritt') and devotional portraits of two female members of a convent

Indication of part
Indication of part Single piece (front)
Short description
Short description Virgin and Child with St Anne ('Anna Selbdritt') with devotional portraits of two female members of a convent, and SS Francis and Cyriacus
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 61 x 42 x 0
Date
Year 1490-1510
Specified date
Argumentation
  • based on stylistic research
Specification date based on stylistic analysis
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution Brussels, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Collection The Museum of Ancient Art
Collection identifier 6597
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Identity
Name Alkmaar, Master of
Attribution
  • style
Specification attribution(s) on stylistic grounds
Assignment
Role
Specification
Additional remarks
Filiation
Filiation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Portraits

Indication of part
Indication of part Single piece (front)
Place of the portrait
Place of the portrait on the left (foreground)
Portrait of
Name unknown female member of a convent
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 clothes of a member of a convent/religious order
Short description white veil and guimpe, black habit
Attributes
Attributes
  • no general attributes
Specification
Insignia
Insignia
Specification
Remarks about clothing
Additional remarks The portrayed woman is a Tertiary sister (sister of the Third Order of St Francis)
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 female member of a convent
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 clothes of a member of a convent/religious order
Short description white veil and guimpe, black habit
Attributes
Attributes
  • no general attributes
Specification
Insignia
Insignia
Specification
Remarks about clothing
Additional remarks The portrayed woman is a Tertiary sister (sister of the Third Order of St Francis)

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 Francis
Sex male
Type of saint
  • religious order
Specification The portrayed women were Tertiaries, sisters of the Third Order of St Francis
Attributes
  • physical deformities/illness (symptoms of)
  • trappings: clothing/attributes of clergy/monks/nuns (incl. liturgical vestments)
Specification stigmata; (Franciscan) habit
Gesture
Specification St Francis displays the stigmata on his hands
Posture standing
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 Cyriacus
Sex male
Type of saint
  • geographical area (city, village, etc.)
Specification Patron saint of the city of Hoorn until 1406, when he was replaced by St John the Baptist. The Great Church of Hoorn was dedicated to SS Cyriacus and John the Baptist.
Attributes
  • torture (weapons/instruments of)
  • text carrier (e.g. book)
  • trappings: clothing/attributes of clergy/monks/nuns (incl. liturgical vestments)
Specification sword; dalmatic; book
Gesture
  • holding one or more attributes in his/her hands
Specification
Posture standing
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Person Description

Personal identification number
Personal identification number 1141
Personal details
Name unknown female member of a convent
Sex female
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death
Additional remarks
Social standing
Status member of a convent/religious order
Arguments
  • place of origin (of the text/object)
  • clothing of the portrayed person
Specification
Member of a convent
Religious order Franciscan
Specification Tertiary sister (sister of the Third Order of St Francis), possibly a member of the convent of St Cecilia in Hoorn
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Personal identification number
Personal identification number 1142
Personal details
Name unknown female member of a convent
Sex female
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death
Additional remarks
Social standing
Status member of a convent/religious order
Arguments
  • place of origin (of the text/object)
  • clothing of the portrayed person
Specification
Member of a convent
Religious order Franciscan
Specification Tertiary sister (sister of the Third Order of St Francis), possibly a member of the convent of St Cecilia in Hoorn
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
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