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Floor slab of Johan van Westende

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 87
Name Floor slab of Johan van Westende
Holding institution(s)
Holding institution(s)
  • Utrecht, Domkerk (St. Maartenskerk)
Category
Type Tomb monument, tomb slab or floor slab (physical object)
Classification Tomb slab or floor slab
Short description Large stone slab with inscriptions above a heraldic shield, and traces of an inscription below the shield
Remarks about category
General date
General date 1300-1350
Artist(s)
Artist(s)
Original institution(s)
Original institution [21] St. Maartenskerk (Domkerk) (St Martin´s Church (Dom Cathedral)), Utrecht
Arguments
  • the memorial object is still in the original institution
Specification The commemorated person was a canon at this church
Still in original institution? yes
Location inside the institution
In situ? yes
(Probable) original location
  • in a chapel
  • in the ambulatory
  • near an altar
Argumentation
Related memorial objects in the same institution
Additional remarks (original location)
Additional remarks The slab has always been located in the eastern radiating chapel, the 'Heilig Kruiskapel' (chapel of the Holy Cross), in front of the altar of the Holy Cross
Memorial piece
Function
Specification
Additional remarks
Memorial monument or floor slab
Function liturgical/religious and historical/political
Grave findings
Additional remarks • The inscription refers to a historical fact, i.e. to one or more donations or foundations by the commemorated party. • No information is available about possible other functions, because the object is too damaged or no photograph is available.
Original function
Change in function
Remarks about function
Name Johannes de Westende (Johan van Westende)
Specification
Members of the commemorated party
Commemorated person(s)
  • [63] Johannes de Westende (Johan van Westende) (male)
Commemorated institution(s)
Relation between commemorated persons no relation (only one person mentioned/depicted)
Relation specification
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)
  • stone
Specification blue limestone
Traces of polychromy?
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth 316 x 160 x 0
Completeness Largely complete: minor losses along the edges (now filled with cement)
Condition The slab is worn
Conservation
Technical research
Specification (technical research)
Alterations
Alterations
Specification The slab may have been reused: traces of an inscription visible below the shield. This text is either worn or has been hacked away.
Additional remarks
Provenance
Provenance
Marks of ownership
Type(s) of mark(s) of ownership
Specification
  • Bloys van Treslong Prins, P.C., Genealogische en heraldische gedenkwaardigheden in en uit de kerken der provincie Utrecht (Utrecht 1919), 204; no. 23
  • Borst, P., et al., Graven en begraven in de Dom van Utrecht (Bunnik 1997), 83; no. 28
  • Buchelius, A. , Monumenta passim in templis ac monasteriis Traiectinae urbis atque agri inventa (Utrecht ), 26; fol. 15v
  • Groot, A. de, De Dom van Utrecht in de zestiende eeuw. Inrichting, decoratie en gebruik van de katholieke kathedraal (Amsterdam 2011), 278, 341; no. 8
  • Haslinghuis, E.J.; Peeters, C.J.A.C., De Nederlandse Monumenten van Geschiedenis en Kunst, dl. II, De provincie Utrecht, Eerste stuk, De gemeente Utrecht, Tweede aflevering, De Dom van Utrecht ('s-Gravenhage 1965), 378; no. 30
Other documentation
SKKN: inv. no. 967-59, photo no. 967-59_1 and 967-59_2; RCE: object no. 80.185, adlib priref 20232520
Additional remarks
Additional remarks In 1303, Johan van Westende founded twelve chantries at the altars in the newly-built ambulatory and radiating chapels of the St. Maartenskerk/Domkerk (St Martin's Church/Dom Church). This accounts for the prominent place of Johan's floor slab in the ambulatory. At present, this is the oldest datable slab in the church.

Tomb or floor slab (front) of [87] Floor slab of Johan van Westende

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Short description
Short description Large stone slab with inscriptions above a heraldic shield, and traces of an inscription below the shield
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 316 x 160 x 0
Date
Year 1324
Specified date
Argumentation
  • date of death (from other sources)
Specification date of death as mentioned in literature
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution Utrecht, Domkerk (St. Maartenskerk)
Collection
Collection identifier
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution The slab is located in the eastern radiating chapel, the 'Heilig Kruiskapel' (chapel of the Holy Cross)
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Filiation
Filiation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Heraldry

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry upper half of the slab
Specification of heraldry
Type of heraldry Personal use of family arms (one undivided shield)
Specification
Shape of the shield Early renaissance shield
Specification
Description of the shield Two fesses (Twee dwarsbalken)
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
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Inscriptions

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of the inscription
Place of the inscription top of the slab, immediately above the shield
Language(s)
Languages
Language specification
Transcription
Transcription Westende
Translation
English translation
Dutch translation
Lay–out
Lay-out Gothic textualis
Inscription mentioning
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of the inscription
Place of the inscription top of the slab, along the edge
Language(s)
Languages
  • Latin
Language specification
Transcription
Transcription Johannes de Westende, canonicus Traiectensis, fundator duodecim vicariarum presbiterorum de novo opere.
Translation
English translation Johan van Westende, canon of the Utrecht Dom Church, founder of twelve chantries of priests in the new work.
Dutch translation Johan van Westende, kanunnik van de Utrechtse Domkerk, stichter van twaalf priestervicariën in het nieuwe werk.
Lay–out
Lay-out Gothic textualis
Inscription mentioning
Name [63] Johannes de Westende (Johan van Westende) (male)
Sex male
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Additional remarks
Additional remarks 'Novo opere' refers to the ambulatory and radiating chapels of the Dom Church. This part of the church was completed around 1295 and was thus still very new when Johan founded the chantries in 1303.
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of the inscription
Place of the inscription upper half of the slab, below the shield
Language(s)
Languages
Language specification
Transcription
Transcription
Translation
English translation
Dutch translation
Lay–out
Lay-out
Inscription mentioning
Additional remarks
Additional remarks Illegible: the inscription is either worn or has been hacked away

Person Description

Personal identification number
Personal identification number 63
Personal details
Name Johannes de Westende (Johan van Westende)
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death 1324/07/05
Additional remarks
Social standing
Status secular clergy
Arguments
  • mentioned in the inscription
Specification
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy canon
Specification canon in Elst (Gelderland); canon at the St. Maartenskerk/Domkerk (St Martin’s Church/Dom Church) in Utrecht
Additional remarks
Additional remarks In 1303, Johan founded twelve chantries at the altars in the newly-built ambulatory and radiating chapels of the Domkerk
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