Titian, The Vendramin Family

The Vendramin Family (1543-47)

National Gallery London

Titian, active about 1506; died 1576 The Vendramin Family, venerating a Relic of the True Cross about 1540-45 Oil on canvas, 206.1 x 288.5 cm Bought with a special grant and contributions from Samuel Courtauld, Sir Joseph Duveen, The Art Fund and the Phillips Fund, 1929. NG4452 https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/NG4452

Titian painted The Vendramin Family (1543-47) on a canvas with a pattern

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 and it was possible to deciphere the pattern from there



The weave draft, generated in Weavelt Pro Mac, a software developed to interface with computer aided handlooms

The Vendramin Family
weave draft of the support canvas
one repeat
94 warp ends
94 weft picks
10 shafts
10 threadles
thread count per cm,
published information:
warp: 23
weft: 18


On this AVL Compu Dobby loom, connected to a Mac Plus device, I have woven the reconstruction of the canvas in linen.

photo João Mariano