El Greco, Portrait of a Man

Portrait of a Man 1570-75

Statens Museum for Kunst

National Gallery of Denmark

Portrait of a Man

El Greco’s Portrait of a Man is painted in his Rome period, before he travelled to Toledo, and on a canvas with a pattern.

High quality photograph of the xray image was kindly sent to me by conservator Troels Filtenborgh from The SMK

xray image

while tracing on top of the pattern I noticed differently forms of the ‘main’ pattern.

The weave drafts show how these forms were made