El Greco

1541-1614

weave drafts of the canvases of the altar pieces of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Charity, Illescas, provice of Toledo, 1603-7 and of the canvas of “View and Plan of Toledo” 1608

Note that the canvases are both woven on a loom with 14 shafts…

El Greco

1541-1614

Find the (almost invisible) differences in the pattern of the two canvases in the first row. The warp threads were threaded in the same design in the loom , the weaver skipped a few weft passes in each repeat. Not a mistake!

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El Greco

a closer look at the canvas of “Isabella d’Este” (1536) and a tablecloth in “Supper at Emmaus” (1530) both by Titian

similar lines in the pattern of the canvas of “Isabella d’Este” 1536 and in the painted tablecloth in “The Supper at Emmaus” 1530

reconstruction of the canvas of “Isabella d’Este” 1536
the pattern of the tablecloth in “The Supper at Emmaus” 1530 (painting on a plain weave canvas)
“The Supper at Emmaus” 1530 (painting on a plain weave canvas) by Titian
“Isabella d’Este” 1536 (painted on a canvas with a pattern) by Titian

No connection in the lines of the patterns of the canvases of “The Vendramin 1540-45 Family” and “Isabella d’Este” 1536

Close examination of the weave drafts reveals the differences

weave draft of the canvas of “The Vendramin Family” 1540-45
weave draft of the canavs of “Isabella d’Este” 1536

I will soon publish about the connection in the pattern of a textile find in the Oxburg Hall restauration, stay tuned!

…seeing lines between a textile in The Oxburgh Hall Finds and a tablecloth pattern, painted by Titian …

…I could not be more grateful for coming accros this interesting lecture by Anna Forrest and The Warburg Institute from december 2020.

Textile finds are part of these discoveries.

At the Warburg Youtube page is written: “Anna Forrest (National Trust) examines how the recent discoveries at Oxburgh Hall shed light on the vibrant material culture of recusant Catholics at a time of persecution. As the Oxburgh Hall project is still in its early stages, this lecture presents a key opportunity to discover how curators go about analysing objects, and start to formulate conclusions, while a project is still evolving. Dr Tessa Murdoch from the Victoria and Albert Museum acts as respondent for this event.

screenshot from A Material World – Portable Devotion: ‘The Oxburgh Hall Finds’ presented by Anna Forrest
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CUUHGSH_mc&feature=youtu.be
screenshot from A Material World – Portable Devotion: ‘The Oxburgh Hall Finds’ presented by Anna Forrest
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CUUHGSH_mc&feature=youtu.be

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Titian’s painting “The Supper at Emmaus” shows a tablecloth with a pattern.

In both analyses we only see the lines, I hope to receive higher quality pictures to analyse the textile piece that has been found recently in The Oxburgh Hall. An amazing story !!!

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a canvas on a frame

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Each untreated canvas comes on a frame 20 x 20 cm.

reconstruction of the canvas of (from top): El Greco The Burial of the Count of Orgaz  (1588); Titian The Vendramin Family (1543-45), Diego Velázquez Saint John in the Wilderness (1622) Diego Velázquez Supper at Emmaus 1620); Caravaggio The Crucifixion of Saint Andrew (1606-07) The Education of the Virgin (1616-17)

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Lab O has been self funded and with support of family donors since 2014. Institutional support came in 2019 for research and a local exhibition. Travel grants made two important presentations possible in 2019.

If you consider to support the research and reconstruction please send an email to canvas@labo.pt or donate below

This box (8×8 cm) comes with a unique reconstruction of the canvas of the painting by:

Diego Velázquez Supper at Emmaus 1620)

Titian The Vendramin Family (1543-45)

El Greco The Burial of the Count of Orgaz (1588)

50€

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