Caravaggio

The Crucifixion of Saint Andrew

Bacchus

Rest on the Flight to Egypt

The Crucifixion of Saint Andrew

Caravaggio painted The Crucifixion of Saint Andrew (1606-7) on a canvas with a woven pattern
(not to scale)
The painting is in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art
handwoven reconstruction of the original canvas
a sample of this canvas is at the Paintings department of the Cleveland Museum of Art

The story started with the discovery of an application where Dean Yoder, Conservator of Painings explains the restauration of this painting. It shows an X-ray image with a pattern of the canvas.

A high quality X-ray images allowed me to decipher the pattern

X-radiograph courtesy of Cleveland Museum of Art
The Crucifixion of Saint Andrew

handmade drawing of the repeat of the pattern

Weaving draft, computer generated in Weavelt, a handweaving design software program.

handwoven reconstruction of the canvas

Bacchus’ and ‘Rest on the Flight to Egypt

Both paintings by Caravaggio are painted on a canvas with a pattern. I have not yet found information about the density of these canvases, thread count, e.i how many threads are in one or the other direction in a cm