Tablecloth and the transition to canvas.
Tablecloth in historic paintings.
Titian The Supper at Emmaus (1530)
Titian painted a tablecloth in this painting
10 years later he painted The Vendramin Family (1540-45) on a canvas with a pattern
Could it be that he first painted the tablecloth on a plain weave canvas and after 10 years he painted on that tablecloth…..
Today I had a closer look to the tablecloth that Titian painted on “The Supper at Emmaus”. It shows (again) the importance of precisely analysing patterns, even if they are ‘only’ painted in a painting. I confess that the similarity in the patterns was a surprise to me and curiousely, I could have analysed this earlier.
I had the thought that he owned the tablecloth that he painted in “The Supper at Emmaus” (1530) and that he about 10 years later painted on that tablecloth “The Vendramin Family(1540-45)
Until today I had not precisely analysed it. I thought that a sample in the V&A collection, dated 1300 could be a left over, piece of this canvas.
note: there is a great similarity between these three patterns; after analysing them it shows that none of these are identical which means that they all had a different threading in the loom
Burgundian The Last Supper (1515)
have a look at the pattern of the tablecloth (amplified in the circle)
a tablecloth and a canvas
…they all have a very similar pattern: a tablecloth, owned by Jan Bustin, a canvas of a painting by Francisco Correia c 1600,(source Rita Maltieira, thesis) and a painted tablecloth “La Cene” tryptique d’Autun, 1515, photograph courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/pages/Musée-Rolin/320952957931371
This story started with finding the thesis ‘A tela na pintura Portuguesa. Materiais e técnicas,do século XV ao século XIX’ by Rita Maltieira.
It was here where I found for the first time that a Portuguese painter had painted on a canvas with a pattern.
After having published this on my Facebook page, I received photographs from a tablecloth with a very similar pattern, that is owned by Jan Bustin, he bought it on a Belgium flee market.
Patricia Hilts has done an amazing work on translating the earliest weaving manual , ‘Weber Kunst und Bild Buch’ by Marx Ziegler (1674)
and has published this in Ars Textrina, volume thirteen, december 1990
Here I found a graphic of a pattern similar to both the 17th century canvas as well as the tablecloth, which led me to the Autun triptych.