When we look at a painting in a museum our focus is most often on the image and fewer consider what lies beneath: a canvas, a textile.
Research in Lab O is focussed on historical canvases as seen in x-ray images.
I analyse the pattern and weave a reconstruction.
My aim is to contribute to preserve, in Technical Painting Art History, the knowledge about which patterns were used.
It might answer the questions of why Old Masters used these patterned canvases and where and how they were made.
divine white canvas...
We don't know if the Great Masters used bleached ao unbleached canvas in XVI and XVII century, we also are not sure if they were made from linen or hemp...
This reconstruction of the canvas that El Greco used is in white linen warp and hemp weft... Absolutely divine !