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Memorial wall painting with a Bishop or Abbot Saint and the devotional portraits of Everart Everartsz. van de Water and Ricarda Witmeri

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 758
Name Memorial wall painting with a Bishop or Abbot Saint and the devotional portraits of Everart Everartsz. van de Water and Ricarda Witmeri
Holding institution(s)
Holding institution(s)
  • 's-Hertogenbosch, St. Janskathedraal
Category
Type Memorial item (physical object)
Classification Single piece (wall painting)
Short description Wall painting (on a pillar) showing a Bishop or Abbot Saint with devotional portraits and heraldic shield
Remarks about category Single piece: no separation between portrait(s) - main image
General date
General date 1425-1475
Artist(s)
Artist(s)
Original institution(s)
Original institution [387] St. Johannes Evangelistkerk (St. Janskathedraal) (St John Evangelist's Church (St John's Cathedral)), 's-Hertogenbosch
Arguments
  • the memorial object is still in the original institution
Specification
Still in original institution? yes
Location inside the institution
In situ? yes
(Probable) original location
  • in the choir
Argumentation
Related memorial objects in the same institution
Additional remarks (original location)
Additional remarks The painting has always been located on a pillar in the outer aisle of the south choir ('Nicolaaskoor')
Memorial piece
Function
  • social
  • historical
  • 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. • The painting may refer to a historical fact, i.e. the commemorated persons escaping from a fire. • No information is available about possible other functions: memorial text(s) may be missing.
Memorial monument or floor slab
Function
Grave findings
Additional remarks
Original function
Change in function
Remarks about function
Name Everart Everartsz. van de Water and Ricarda Witmeri
Specification
Members of the commemorated party
Commemorated person(s)
  • [1830] Everart Everartsz. van de Water (male)
  • [1831] Ricarda Witmeri (female)
Commemorated institution(s)
Relation between commemorated persons married couple
Relation specification
Additional remarks
Name Van de Water family?
Composition of the commissioning party
  • members of a family
Specification
Members of the commissioning party
Commissioning person(s)
Commissioning Institution(s)
Relation between commissioning party and commemorated party The commissioning party was the commemorated party
Relation specification The portrayed persons may also have been the commissioning party
Additional remarks
Material(s)
  • stone
Specification paint on a stone pillar
Traces of polychromy?
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth 138 x 131 x 0
Completeness
Condition The painting is damaged and faded
Conservation Restoration in 1922
Technical research
Specification (technical research)
Alterations
Alterations
Specification
Additional remarks
Provenance
Provenance The pillar painting has been in the church of old. It was uncovered around 1921.
Marks of ownership
Type(s) of mark(s) of ownership
Specification
  • Mosmans, J., De St. Janskerk te 's-Hertogenbosch ('s-Hertogenbosch 1931), 388-390
  • Peeters, C., De Nederlandse monumenten van geschiedenis en kunst XVII. De Sint Janskathedraal te 's-Hertogenbosch (The Hague 1985), 308-309
Other documentation
Documentation in the SKKN (Stichting Kerkelijk Kunstbezit in Nederland), Utrecht
Additional remarks
Additional remarks The depicted bishop or abbot saint holds a fire hook in his right hand and two burning houses in his left hand. These attributes may be indications that the people who commissioned this work wished to render thanks to the saint for coming through a fire unscathed. In 1463 a devastating fire destructed a large part of the centre of 's-Hertogenbosch. This may be a date post quem for the painting.

Single piece (front) of [758] Memorial wall painting with a Bishop or Abbot Saint and the devotional portraits of Everart Everartsz. van de Water and Ricarda Witmeri

Indication of part
Indication of part Single piece (front)
Short description
Short description Bishop or Abbot Saint with the devotional portraits of Everart Everartsz. van de Water and Ricarda Witmeri and a heraldic shield
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 138 x 131 x 0
Date
Year 1463
Specified date
Argumentation
  • based on historical evidence (in literature)
  • based on stylistic research
Specification • Date based on stylistic analysis. • Period in which the portrayed persons lived. • In 1463 a devastating fire destructed a large part of the centre of 's-Hertogenbosch. This may be the date post quem for the painting.
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution 's-Hertogenbosch, St. Janskathedraal
Collection
Collection identifier
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution The painting is located on a pillar in the outer aisle of the south choir ('Nicolaaskoor')
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Filiation
Filiation The pillar in the 'Nicolaaskoor' (Nicolas's choir) shows two paintings. This is the upper painting. The lower painting is: 'SS Peter and James the Greater and the devotional portraits of Willem Huijsman and his wife Elisabeth', MeMO Memorial Object ID 759. The latter is from a later date.
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 Everart Everartsz. van de Water
Sex male
Argumentation
  • based on literature or archival research
  • based on heraldry on the memorial object
Specification genealogical research
Portrait — portraiture
Physical state of the portrayed person alive
Argumentation
Specification
Posture kneeling
Manner of portrayal
Portrait — clothing, attributes and insignia
Clothing
Type of clothing
Short description green garment
Attributes
Attributes
  • object(s)
Specification belt purse
Insignia
Insignia
Specification
Remarks about clothing
Additional remarks Mosmans (1931) believes that the portrayed person is Everart, since other members of the Van de Water family lived later on or were priests
Indication of part
Indication of part Single piece (front)
Place of the portrait
Place of the portrait on the right (foreground)
Portrait of
Name Ricarda Witmeri
Sex female
Argumentation
  • based on literature or archival research
Specification genealogical research
Portrait — portraiture
Physical state of the portrayed person alive
Argumentation
Specification
Posture kneeling
Manner of portrayal
Portrait — clothing, attributes and insignia
Clothing
Type of clothing
Short description black cloak worn over a green garment
Attributes
Attributes
  • not recognizable
Specification attribute(s) no longer recognizable (work is damaged)
Insignia
Insignia
Specification
Remarks about clothing
Additional remarks The portrait is severely damaged and barely recognizable because of this

Heraldry

Indication of part
Indication of part Single piece (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry behind the male portrait
Specification of heraldry
Type of heraldry Personal use of family arms (one undivided shield)
Specification
Shape of the shield High gothic shield
Specification
Description of the shield In [colour] three trangular [colour] harrows, the points upwards, 2-1) - (In [kleur] drie driehoekige [kleur] eggen met de punten omhoog, 2-1)
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 Van der Water
Person details
Person details
  • [1830] Everart Everartsz. van de Water (male)
Additional remarks
Additional remarks The current charges might not be authentic. According to Peeters (1985), the shield was blank at the time of the uncovering of the wall painting.

Person Description

Personal identification number
Personal identification number 1830
Personal details
Name Everart Everartsz. van de Water
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death
Additional remarks Husband of Ricarda Witmeri. They had at least five sons: Everart (canon), Lucas, Jan, Peter and Ludolf.
Social standing
Status patriciate
Arguments
  • according to literature
Specification alderman of ‘s-Hertogenbosch in 1450 and 1462
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 1831
Personal details
Name Ricarda Witmeri
Sex female
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death
Additional remarks Wife of Everard Everartsz. van de Water. They had at least five sons: Everart (canon), Lucas, Jan, Peter and Ludolf.
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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