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..more about the book in Rembrandt's painting 'The Syndics'

..the nice thing of research is that we find out more and more.... Benjamin Binstock writes in 'Seeing Representations; or, The Hidden Masters in Rembrandt 's 'Syndics' (Representations Vol.83. No 1, pp 1-37, Summer 2003) an extensive explication about the book in the painting being an account book.
The Guardian refers to this in a book review as a 'stunning insight' https://www.theguardian.com/books/2007/jun/23/art Jérôme Sans talks about 'The Syndics' in 'Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age' by Marcel Wanders.
He mentiones that the book on the painting is a swatch book, a sample book. It is not only me who thinks that  makes sense !

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textile samples from 1400-1500 in the Victoria & Albert Museum, i asked and received high quality pictures. They look so similar to the pattern of the canvases from Old Masters ( below a reconstruction of a canvas that Titian used, woven at Lab O )

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look at the books of another Rembrandt's painting...

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...an interesting discovery!

Lab O @ Symposium 'Conserving Canvas' in 2019

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...analyzing a precious sample, more details soon!

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...the story will be presented at the upcoming CIETA assembly in 2019.

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...lab O at the Met in New York! Today I will have a meeting with the conservator about the canvas of this painting, I had already a closer look yesterday and yes you can see the pattern !

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a very important discovery !!! A Portuguese painter also used a patterned canvas in the XVI century !!!

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'submission' for the Conserving Canvas Symposium, an initiative from the Getty Foundation at Yale University, October 2019

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Lab O at 'Dyes in History and Arquaeology' Congress in Lisbon at FCT, NOVA University of Lisbon