Titian

The Vendramin Family

The tablecloth painted in The Supper at Emmaus

A textile in the Victoria & Albert Museum from 1400-1500

The Vendramin Family

Titian painted The Vendramin Family (1543-47) on a canvas with a pattern.
(not to scale)
The painting is located in The National Gallery in London
handwoven reconstruction of the canvas

The story:

It started with finding the extended research on Titian’spaintings, published on the National Gallery’s webpage, where is written… ‘the painting is executed on a canvas with a ‘point twill’ weave, often, althouhg not strictly correctly, called ‘a damask’. ‘

high resolution images are published on the National Gallery’s webpage

The high quality allowed me to decipher the pattern

I could find the repeat

computer generated in Weavelt, a handweaving design software program.

handwoven reconstruction of the original canvas

The tablecloth in The Supper at Emmaus

Titian painted ‘The Supper at Emmaus’ (1530) on a plain weave canvas
photograph courtesy of Centre de Recherche e de Restauration des Musées de France https://c2rmf.fr
He painted a tablecloth with this pattern…
photograph courtesy of the Centre de Recherche e de Restauration des Musées de France https://c2rmf.fr

A textile in the V&A archives

A textile dated 1400-1500 (made) from the V&A archives

note the similarity between all these patterns, analysing them shows that these are not exactly identical which means, they had a different threading in the loom