The Zwanenbroedershuis to the hinthamerstraat at’s-Hertogenbosch has two main functions. First, it acts as private house, where the members of the Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap meet regularly. In addition it serves as museum Zwanenbroedershuis, where interested people got to know the history of the Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap and the culturally and historically valuable objects held by the brotherhood can tour. The museum is for several half-day sessions a week to visit; guided tours will be given. In addition, it is Zwanenbroedershuis by appointment open for special occasions.
The collection of the fraternity consists mainly of objects related to the history of the fraternity. Most of the collection is manufactured in the past in command of the fraternity or its donated (mostly by members). The top pieces of the museum are located in the display case in the museum room. These include the two altaarkasten that were part of the Marian altar that Adriaen van Wesel between 1475 and 1477, commissioned by the Brotherhood. The cabinets show the images groups John on Patmos and the vision of Emperor Augustus.
Some other images and images groups that originally probably part of this altar, are today in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, The Museum catharijneconvent in Utrecht, the Gruuthuse Museum in Bruges and in the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown (Massachusetts, USA). In museums in Berlin and Madrid are two of the most likely by Hieronymus Bosch painted shutters.
In the display case are also nine large choir books from the sixteenth century polyphonic music: seven manuscripts and two. The manuscripts are very special: in addition to this seven in s-Hertogenbosch Netherlands only in Lead are located in six similar choir books with polyphonic music. Three of the manuscripts of the fraternity originate from the workshop of the famous music copyist Petrus Alamire. Alamire was a versatile figure, who mainly worked for the Habsburg Court, but also for various other Royal houses and banking families in Europe. Three other choral books, as well as the polyphonic music in the further Gregorian Codex Smijers, were written by Philippe de Spina. The Spina worked thirty-five years as a singer for the fraternity, but had to s-Hertogenbosch during the iconoclasm of August 1566 suddenly abandoned due to sympathies with the new faith. In addition to the polyphonic choir books are in the archives of the Brotherhood even six manuscripts with Gregorian chant to find, among other things, written by the brothers of the Common life, the brothers of’s-Hertogenbosch. To accompany the book appeared in 2002: “given the Sangeren” by Véronique roelvink are seven works recorded by the Egidius Quartet (www.egidiuskwartet.nl). Click on the links below to hear some examples:
Another unique feature is the set of eight ten pewter drinking jugs from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The jugs were by the brothers during their meals used to drink wine; each sworn Brother had his own drinking cup. On the belly of the jugs is a picture of the Lily among the thorns with the word Sicut. On the lids of the jugs are the name of the user and his weapon engraved. The fraternity currently holds still the jugs of, among others, William of Orange and the graves of Neighbours (Frederik, Floris and Maximilian of Egmond). The pewter drinkkanne
n were at one point into disuse and were replaced by glass. The brotherhood still possesses a collection of glassware, from the end of the 19th century.
At the end of the nineteenth century, the fraternity a 560-part tableware in blue and white designs by the Porceleyne Fles, Delft. The crockery was made between 1881 and 1885 and its various components contain the logo of the fraternity (the Lily among the thorns) and Lilium inter Spinas Sicut the device. Dinnerware many years during the fraternal meal used, but the most beautiful pieces, including two large soup terrines, are today in the display cabinet.
In the main hall is a neo-Gothic alcove. The neo-Gothic character of the zwanenbroedershuis is also on other places. So is located on the first floor a neo-Gothic stove, which in winter is still in use. Various neo-Gothic cabinets adorn the walls of the different rooms. Two of the cabinets are donated by the Knighthood of Noord-Brabant, with which the Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap maintains good contacts.
In the rooms are over fifty antique chairs, the backs of which bear the family coat of arms of members of the fraternity. In the Zwanenbroedershuis are in many places to see family coat of arms. For example, there are the weapon paintings that show us who in previous centuries were members of the brotherhood and the weapon signs with the weapons of the present members. In addition to this public display of arms, there are the weapon books; the oldest was built in 1606. In the later weapon books are the weapons of the brothers signed; with the signature was confirmed membership. Various objects in the House show Swans brethren. There are paintings of Queen Juliana and Princess Beatrix, and busts of William of Orange, Queen Wilhelmina and Prince Hendrik. Wilhelmina and Henry donated the Fraternity in 1904 a gilt silver jar, the lid has a soaring Swan. The jug is still every year during the fraternal meal used to mature on Hare Maje.
Also remains of the medieval Fraternal home are still kept in the current Zwanenbroedershuis: two of the shutters that were part of the sixteenth century modernised in the 1930s building that Gijsbert van der Poorten the brethren had donated. Also hangs in the current Zwanenbroedershuis a painting, that the then House shows in its full glory. The House apparently attracted the attention of artists, as there are several images of known. The current Zwanenbroedershuis breathes an atmosphere of ancient traditions. One of the oldest habits to which the Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap still attaches great importance, is the joint consuming a meal. This happens once a year in a big way in the form of the fraternal meal, which is still in the own House.