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Memorial painting with Christ Washing the Feet of the Disciples and the devotional portraits of the Borre van Amerongen-Van Rijsenburgh family

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 646
Name Memorial painting with Christ Washing the Feet of the Disciples and the devotional portraits of the Borre van Amerongen-Van Rijsenburgh family
Holding institution(s)
Holding institution(s)
  • Utrecht, Centraal Museum
Category
Type Memorial item (physical object)
Classification Single piece (painting)
Short description Painting showing Christ Washing the Feet of the Disciples with devotional portraits and inscription
Remarks about category Single piece: no separation between portrait(s) - main image
General date
General date 1550-1600
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 According to J. Groen, porter of the Utrecht Catharijnepoort, the painting originated from the Mariakerk (demolished in 1813-1816). See also Provenance.
Still in original institution? no
Location inside the institution
In situ?
(Probable) original location
  • in the church/chapel (exact location unknown)
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 a married couple, (members of) a nuclear family or (members of) an extended family: see Commemorated party. • Given its size, the painting may have functioned as an altarpiece.
Memorial monument or floor slab
Function
Grave findings
Additional remarks
Original function
Change in function
Remarks about function
Name Borre van Amerongen-Van Rijsenburgh family
Specification
Members of the commemorated party
Commemorated person(s)
  • [1268] Cunera van Rijsenburgh (female)
  • [1269] Gerrit Borre van Amerongen (male)
  • [1270] Wilm (Willem) Borre van Amerongen (male)
Commemorated institution(s)
Relation between commemorated persons nuclear family (of which one or more members died after 1580)
Relation specification married couple with son
Additional remarks
Name Gerrit Borre van Amerongen
Composition of the commissioning party
  • single person
Specification
Members of the commissioning party
Commissioning person(s)
  • [1269] Gerrit Borre van Amerongen (male)
Commissioning Institution(s)
Relation between commissioning party and commemorated party The commissioning party consisted of one or more members of the commemorated party
Relation specification
Additional remarks Arguments for Gerrit Borre van Amerongen as the commissioning party: 1) Gerrit's parents were given pride of place in the painting, although as a clergyman he could have claimed that place himself; 2) Willem had already died when the painting was made (based on the text on the painting); 3) The painting was probably commissioned on the occasion of Cunera's death (based on dendrochronology).
Material(s)
  • wood (panel)
Specification oil on panel
Traces of polychromy?
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth 126 x 141 x 0
Completeness
Condition
Conservation The painting was restored in 1928 (varnished) and in 1964 (cleaned, losses filled, retouched and varnished)
Technical research
  • infrared reflectography (IRR)
  • X-ray
  • dating by dendrochronology
Specification (technical research)
Alterations
Alterations
  • inscription(s) added
Specification In the 17th century, an inscription (memorial text) was added to the back of the painting
Additional remarks From infrared reflectography we can gather that the devotional portraits - which are part of the painting's underdrawing - were painted last
Provenance
Provenance Mariakerk, Utrecht (until ca. 1813); in the possession of J. Groen, Utrecht; donated by J. Groen to the municipality of Utrecht (1830); part of the collection of the Museum van Oudheden, Utrecht (1838), the later Centraal Museum.
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), 213-214
  • Helmus, L.M., Schilderkunst tot 1850. De verzamelingen van het Centraal Museum Utrecht 5 (Utrecht 1999), 1627-1628
  • Helmus, L.M.; Faries, M.; Tamis, D., Catalogue of Paintings, 1363-1600. Centraal Museum Utrecht (Utrecht 2011), 392-396; cat. no. 55
  • Jonge, C.H. de, Catalogus der schilderijen Centraal Museum Utrecht (Utrecht 1952), 138-139
Other documentation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks • In 1999, Truus van Bueren suggested that this painting was either commissioned to commemorate Gerrit's appointment as canon at the Mariakerk (St Mary's Church) in Utrecht in 1572 or to commemorate his entry into the 'Onze-Lieve-Vrouwebroederschap van de Kleine Kalende' (Confraternity of Our Lady of the Small Calendae) in the Utrecht Buurkerk. Dendrochronological research, however, has revealed that it is more likely that the painting was commissioned on the occasion of the death of Gerrit's mother, Cunera van Rijsenburgh, in 1585. • Although several members of the Borre van Amerongen family were buried the Buurkerk, it is now assumed that the painting was originally located in the Mariakerk in Utrecht.

Single piece (back) of [646] Memorial painting with Christ Washing the Feet of the Disciples and the devotional portraits of the Borre van Amerongen-Van Rijsenburgh family

Indication of part
Indication of part Single piece (back)
Short description
Short description Inscription (memorial text)
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 126 x 141 x 0
Date
Year
Specified date
Argumentation
Specification
Additional remarks The inscription was added in the 17th century
Holding institution
Holding institution Utrecht, Centraal Museum
Collection
Collection identifier 2470
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

Single piece (front) of [646] Memorial painting with Christ Washing the Feet of the Disciples and the devotional portraits of the Borre van Amerongen-Van Rijsenburgh family

Indication of part
Indication of part Single piece (front)
Short description
Short description Christ Washing the Feet of the Disciples with devotional portraits of the Borre van Amerongen-Van Rijsenburgh family
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 126 x 141 x 0
Date
Year ca.1585
Specified date
Argumentation
  • date of death given on the object
  • based on historical and/or technical research
Specification year of death of Cunera van Rijsenburgh; dendrochronology
Additional remarks dating by dendrochronology: planks usable from 1578 or 1586
Holding institution
Holding institution Utrecht, Centraal Museum
Collection
Collection identifier 2470
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
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Portraits

Indication of part
Indication of part Single piece (front)
Place of the portrait
Place of the portrait first person from the left (foreground)
Portrait of
Name Cunera van Rijsenburgh
Sex female
Argumentation
  • based on text(s) on the memorial object
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 garment and cap/veil
Attributes
Attributes
  • no general attributes
Specification
Insignia
Insignia
Specification
Remarks about clothing
Additional remarks
Indication of part
Indication of part Single piece (front)
Place of the portrait
Place of the portrait second person from the left (foreground)
Portrait of
Name Wilm (Willem) Borre van Amerongen
Sex male
Argumentation
  • based on text(s) on the memorial object
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
Indication of part
Indication of part Single piece (front)
Place of the portrait
Place of the portrait on the right (foreground)
Portrait of
Name Gerrit Borre van Amerongen
Sex male
Argumentation
  • based on text(s) on the memorial object
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 an ecclesiastical office holder
Short description alb
Attributes
Attributes
  • (ecclesiastical) vestments
Specification almuce hanging over his left forearm
Insignia
Insignia
Specification
Remarks about clothing
Additional remarks The portrayed person was canon at the Mariakerk (St Mary's Church) in Utrecht

Inscriptions

Indication of part
Indication of part Single piece (back)
Place of the inscription
Place of the inscription in the centre
Language(s)
Languages
  • Latin/Dutch
Language specification
Transcription
Transcription Wilm Borre van Amerongen o[biit] 1563 Cunera van Rijsenburgh o[biit] 1585 Gerrit Borre van Amerongen, haer beyder zoon, canonik Sint Mariae.
Translation
English translation Willem Borre van Amerongen died 1563, Cunera van Rijsenburgh died 1585, Gerrit Borre van Amerongen, son of both, canon [of] Saint Mary's [church].
Dutch translation Willem Borre van Amerongen stierf 1563, Cunera van Rijsenburgh stierf 1585, Gerrit Borre van Amerongen, hun beider zoon, kanunnik [van] Sint Maria[kerk].
Lay–out
Lay-out
Inscription mentioning
Name [1268] Cunera van Rijsenburgh (female)
Sex female
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Name [1269] Gerrit Borre van Amerongen (male)
Sex male
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Name [1270] Wilm (Willem) Borre van Amerongen (male)
Sex male
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Additional remarks
Additional remarks This is a 17th-century memorial text

Person Description

Personal identification number
Personal identification number 1268
Personal details
Name Cunera van Rijsenburgh
Sex female
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death 1585
Additional remarks wife of Willem Borre van Amerongen, mother of Gerrit Borre van Amerongen
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 1269
Personal details
Name Gerrit Borre van Amerongen
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death 1608
Additional remarks Son of Willem Borre van Amerongen and Cunera van Rijsenburgh
Social standing
Status secular clergy
Arguments
Specification
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy canon
Specification Canon at the chapter of the Mariakerk (St Mary's Church) in Utrecht from 1572. Furthermore, he had entered the 'Onze-Lieve-Vrouwebroederschap van de Kleine Kalende' (Confraternity of Our Lady of the Small Calendae) in the Utrecht Buurkerk.
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Personal identification number
Personal identification number 1270
Personal details
Name Wilm (Willem) Borre van Amerongen
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death 1563
Additional remarks Husband of Cunera van Rijsenburgh and father of Gerrit Borre van Amerongen
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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