“Canvas: the textile layer of paintings” is written with the help of Ralph de Rijke and Cristina Carr. Beautiful high quality pictures were made by João Mariano and authorization for photographs from a painting by Titian , located in The Louvre Museum came in.
I have finisehd my essay with this quote:
“The project shows that innovative research can be done in a local workshop in a rural area provided it has an internet connection, support from conservators, authorization from museum departments for sharing information, and a loom.”
Dr Catherine Dormor & Dr Lynn Tandler. Editors: The Encyclopedia of World Textiles: Vol 2 Wovens The Royal College of Art London
Helena Loermans will share how she has approached reconstructing different textiles used by painters as canvas.
Helena has used technical studies and x-radiograph images to reconstruct weave patterns in order to re-create them.
While art historians and paintings conservators have meticulously studied the paintings of the Old Masters, Helena has found there is a comparative lack of information on the characteristics of the canvas itself as a textile.
Helena has recently presented her approach to studying historic canvases at the Conserving Canvas symposium at Yale and to participants in the Conserving Canvas Initiative of the Getty Foundation.”
Zoom presentations have been a great opportunity to share the research at
Lab O on the historic canvases and textile fragments located in the museums:
Conserving Canvas Zoom Presentations series:
8th July 2021
email announcement by The Getty Foundation::
Thank you for RSVPing to our Conserving Canvas Zoom Presentation series. Our next presentation will be held this Thursday, July 8th at 9:00am PT (Los Angeles time). This is a very special presentation (outside of the Conserving Canvas grants) and very relevant to the paintings conservation field. Please be sure to join!
Presented by Helena Loermans, the talk is titled “Canvas: The Textile Layer in Paintings.” Helena is the founder of Lab O and a Dutch weaver working in Portugal. She will talk about her research and reconstruction of a-typical canvas patterns.
Please note that the presentation will be recorded (not including the Q&A) and that we use the same Zoom link for each presentation.
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!