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Assumption of the Virgin with devotional portraits of the Sill family

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 728
Name Assumption of the Virgin with devotional portraits of the Sill family
Holding institution(s)
Holding institution(s)
  • Bonn, Rheinisches Landesmuseum
Category
Type Memorial item (physical object)
Classification Single piece (painting)
Short description Painting showing the Assumption of the Virgin with devotional portraits and heraldic shield
Remarks about category Single piece: no separation between portrait(s) - main image
General date
General date 1475-1525
Artist(s)
Artist(s)
  • Geertgen tot Sint Jans - follower of
Original institution(s)
Original institution [41] Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk (Maria en Catharinakerk; Nieuwe Kerk) (Our Lady's Church (SS Mary and Catharine's Church; New Church)), Amsterdam
Arguments
  • based on research (literature, archival or archaeological research)
Specification the graves of the portrayed persons were located there
Still in original institution? no
Location inside the institution
In situ?
(Probable) original location
  • in a chapel
Argumentation
Related memorial objects in the same institution
Additional remarks (original location)
Additional remarks The painting may originally have been placed in the chapel of Jan Dirksz. Sill. The parents of Jan Dirksz. were buried in this chapel, and he and his wife had reserved a grave there as well. In 1513, Jan Dirksz. founded an office of five weekly Masses at the altar of the Seven Sorrows of the Virgin in the chapel, thus fulfulling the wish of his parents.
Memorial piece
Function
  • liturgical/religious
  • social
Specification
Additional remarks
Memorial monument or floor slab
Function
Grave findings
Additional remarks
Original function memorial painting; commemorating a family; altarpiece?
Change in function
Remarks about function argument for functions: child portrayed as deceased
Name Sill family
Specification
Members of the commemorated party
Commemorated person(s)
  • [1643] Liesbeth Huigensdr. (female)
  • [1642] Jan Dirksz. Sill (male)
  • [1644] daughter of Jan Dirksz. Sill and Liesbeth Huigensdr. (female)
Commemorated institution(s)
Relation between commemorated persons nuclear family
Relation specification married couple with daughter
Additional remarks argument for identification of commemorated party: heraldic shield on the painting
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 panel
Traces of polychromy?
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth 114 x 94 x 0
Completeness
Condition
Conservation The portrait of the daughter on the far right became visible during restorations in the 1950s
Technical research
Specification (technical research)
Alterations
Alterations
  • one or more effigies/portraits painted over
Specification The portrait of the daughter was overpainted
Additional remarks
Provenance
Provenance acquired from painter G. Caspers, (Wickrath-)Wanlo, 1906
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), 237
  • Dudok van Heel, S.A.C., Jan Dirckszn Sill en de zesde kapel van de Nieuwe Kerk, Amstelodamum 86 (1999), 161-169
  • Friedländer, M.J., Early Netherlandish painting. Volume V (Leiden/Brussels 1967), 33
  • Giltaij, J.; Lammertse, F., Vroege Hollanders, schilderkunst van de late Middeleeuwen (Rotterdam 2008), 145-146
  • Krueger, I.; Schmidt, H.M.; Goldkuhle, F., Rheinisches Landesmuseum: Gemälde bis 1900 (Bonn 1982), 188-190
Other documentation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Single piece (front) of [728] Assumption of the Virgin with devotional portraits of the Sill family

Indication of part
Indication of part Single piece (front)
Short description
Short description Assumption of the Virgin with devotional portraits of the Sill family and heraldic shield
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 114 x 94 x 0
Date
Year ca.1500
Specified date
Argumentation
  • based on stylistic research
Specification date based on stylistic analysis
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution Bonn, Rheinisches Landesmuseum
Collection
Collection identifier GK 81
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Identity
Name Geertgen tot Sint Jans - follower 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 Jan Dirksz. Sill
Sex male
Argumentation
  • based on heraldry 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 dark grey coat
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 Liesbeth Huigensdr.
Sex female
Argumentation
  • based on heraldry 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 headdress worn over a white cap with lappets, black cloak, dark blue/grey dress
Attributes
Attributes
  • rosary
Specification rosary hanging from her waist
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 far right
Portrait of
Name daughter of Jan Dirksz. Sill and Liesbeth Huigensdr.
Sex female
Argumentation
  • not identified
Specification
Portrait — portraiture
Physical state of the portrayed person deceased
Argumentation
  • remarkably smaller person (compared to the rest)
  • unclothed
Specification
Posture kneeling
Manner of portrayal
Portrait — clothing, attributes and insignia
Clothing
Type of clothing no clothes
Short description
Attributes
Attributes
  • no general attributes
Specification
Insignia
Insignia
Specification
Remarks about clothing
Additional remarks This prematurely deceased daughter is depicted as a soul

Heraldry

Indication of part
Indication of part Single piece (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry in the centre foreground
Specification of heraldry
Type of heraldry Marshalled arms (2 coats of arms in one shield per pale or per fess)
Specification
Shape of the shield Semicircular shield
Specification
Description of the shield Quarterly I: in blue the black initials IH (Jan Dirksz.); II: per pale 1: in gold a red mill-wheel; 2: in gold a fish in pale proper and a red star; III: in silver a black mark; IV: in silver three red chevrons, in sinister chief a gold star - (Gevierendeeld I: in blauw de zwarte initialen ID (Jan Dirksz.); II: gedeeld 1: in goud een rood molenrad; 2: in goud een staande vis van natuurlijke kleur, boven vergezeld van een rode ster; III: in zilver een zwart merk; IV: in zilver drie rode kepers, in de linkerbovenhoek een gouden ster)
Description of the upper arms (helmet, crest and mantling)
Remarks
Additional parts of the achievement
Type of supporter
Specification
Motto
English translation of the motto
Insignia or attributes
Heraldry belonging to
Heraldry belonging to Jan Dirksz. Sill and Liesbeth Huigensdr.
Person details
Person details
  • [1643] Liesbeth Huigensdr. (female)
  • [1642] Jan Dirksz. Sill (male)
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Person Description

Personal identification number
Personal identification number 1642
Personal details
Name Jan Dirksz. Sill
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death 1541
Additional remarks Member of a prominent Amsterdam family. Husband of Liesbeth Huigensdr., with whom he had at least one daughter. He owned a chapel in the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) in Amsterdam, where he himself, his wife and parents were buried. In 1513, Jan Dirksz. founded an office of five weekly Masses at the altar in this chapel (altar of the Seven Sorrows of the Virgin).
Social standing
Status patriciate
Arguments
  • according to literature
Specification alderman of Amsterdam (1511); churchwarden of the Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam (1510-1520); chapel master of the Heilige Stedekapel (chapel of the Sacred Stead), Amsterdam (1522-1528)
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 1643
Personal details
Name Liesbeth Huigensdr.
Sex female
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death >1535
Additional remarks Daughter of Hugo Jansz., pharmacist, and Geerte Jacobsdr. Bicker. Wife of Jan Dirksz. Sill, with whom she had at least one daughter.
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 1644
Personal details
Name daughter of Jan Dirksz. Sill and Liesbeth Huigensdr.
Sex female
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death
Additional remarks prematurely deceased daughter
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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