–The Education of the Virgin
–Saint John in the Wilderness
–The Supper at Emmaus
-Seven paintings on a canvas with a pattern
The Education of the Virgin
When I knew that I was invited to present my work at the Conserving Canvas Symposium, organized by The Getty Foundation at Yale University Art Gallery, I searched in their collection and found this publication. Curiously it was possible to preview six pages. I was lucky to find written in the last paragraph of the sixth page that this painting is on a canvas with a pattern.
A request to the department of paintings conservation was answered by receiving a high quality X-ray image
X-radiograph courtesy of Yale University Art Gallery ‘The Education of the Virgin’ (1617-18)
analysing the X-ray image anabled me to decipher the repeat. Once it was a complex pattern, I started to use colour pencils to locate repetitions
I have worked weaving draft, computer generated in Weavelt, a handweaving design software program.
The reconstruction of the original canvas has been woven on an AVL Compu Dobby loom
The painting is located at Yale University Art Gallery
Saint John in the Wilderness
After the reconstruction I made from El Greco’s painting, I was curious to find out if more paintings were on a patterned canvas.
I found this publication where a graphic of the pattern of the canvas was published
A 17th centuries weaving book, considered the very first weaving manual and the the website , published by Kris Bruland, www.handweaving.net was of great help
The computer generated weaving draft was created with Weavelt, a handweaving design software program.
handwoven reconstruction of the original canvas , woven on an AVL Compu Dobby loom connected to a Mac Plus device
The Supper at Emmaus
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
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
Handwoven reconstruction of the original canvas @ Lab O
Diego Velázquez: 7 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
source: Boletin 1988, 9 p.66 . Museu del Prado