Titian, Pope Paul III and His Grandsons

Pope Paul III and His Grandsons 1545

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painted on a canvas with a complex woven pattern

Pope Paul III and His Grandsons 1545
support canvas 
photo courtesy Claudio Seccaroni
support canvas 
photo courtesy Claudio Seccaroni
analyses at Lab O
comparing the pattern with other historic textiles, a textile fragment from the V&A archive, a 16th century antependium and a canvas of a painting by El Greco and Diego Velázquez

…do you know what happened where the pattern shows green lines and yellow dots? The weaver did not weave a full repeat and because of that it did not create the ‘full diamond’ I will join the weave draft later and explain where it went ‘wrong’….

Titian’s painting “Pope Paul III and his Grandsons” is on a support canvas with a complex woven pattern. The photograph of the canvas, courtesy of Claudio Seccaroni, does not allow complete analyses, mas allows us to draft the pattern.The draft is similar to other textiles, a 1300 made fragment of the collection of the V&A, a 16th century antepedium and a canvas of a painting by El Greco and Diego Velázquez.