Caravaggio, Bacchus

Bacchus (1596)

painted on a canvas with a pattern. 

weave draft of the canvas of Bacchus; a pattern that has been woven on a loom with 14 shafts and 14 treadles.

The drawing of the diagram of the pattern of the canvas on which Caravaggio painted Bacchus

source: Edoardo Arslan, Nota Caravaggesca; Arte Antica e Moderna 6, 1959, pp. 191-218

Xray image of the painting, courtesy Claudio Seccaroni
first analyses
rigourous analyses of the pattern and in different places of the canvas allowed to create a graphic of the pattern
weave draft in progress !