Velázquez

index:

The Education of the Virgin

Saint John in the Wilderness

-Seven paintings on a canvas with a pattern

The Supper at Emmaus

Venerable Mother Jerónima de la Fuente

The Education of the Virgin

Diego Velázquez has painted ‘The Education of the Virgin’ (1616-17) on a canvas with a woven pattern.
(not to scale)
The painting is in the collection of Yale University Art Gallery

Saint John in the Wilderness

Diego Velázquez has painted ‘Saint John in the Wilderness’ (ca 1622) on a canvas with a woven pattern.
(not to scale)
The painting is in the collection of the Art Insitute of Chicago

Seven paintings on a canvas with a pattern

Diego Velázquez used a patterned canvas in seven paintings, I have woven a reconstruction of three of these and found a publication with an xray image of another one, (source: Boletin 1988, 9 p.66 . Museu del Prado)
All patterns are different and differently woven on the loom!

Venerable Mother Jerónima de la Fuente 1620
Saint John in the Wilderness 1622
Supper at Emmaus 1620
The Education of the Virgin, 1617-18
Adoration of the Magi 1619
Portrait of Don Christóbal Suárez de Ribera 1620
Saint Ildefonso Receiving the Chausuble from the Virgin 1620

The Supper at Emmaus

Diego Velázquez has painted ‘The Supper at Emmaus’ (1620) on a canvas with a woven pattern.
(not to scale)
The painting is in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
reconstruction of the canvas at Lab O
a sample of this canvas is at the Paintings Conservation department of The MET

Research is about finding more and more and more…

I came accross this article in The MET Journal.

I wrote to the textile conservator at the MET ; I knew her as a member of CIETA , and received this high quality X-ray image

X-radiograph courtesy of
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, bequest of Benjamin Altman 1913 The Supper at Emmaus
(1622-23)

This pattern has a larger repeat and it was more difficult to decipher…

I think I managed to generate the draft.

Note: the rules of weaving also helped me to generate the draft, the extension of the threading may be large but the ‘limited’ lift plan, right upper corner, shows also the ‘logic’ in a pattern

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

Handwoven reconstruction of the original canvas @ Lab O

La venerable madre Sor Jerónima de la Fuente

source: Boletin 1988, 9 p.66 . Museu del Prado

source: Boletin 1988, 9 p.66 . Museu del Prado