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 the patterns that were used.
It might answer the questions of why Old Masters used these patterned canvases and where and how they were made.
Caravaggio joined the '3Masters' from left: Titian, El Greco, Diego Velázquez and Caravaggio.Reconstructions of the linen canvases, handwoven by Helena Loermans
Caravaggio used for his painting 'The Crucifixion of Saint Andrew' a canvas with a completely different pattern than he ones used by Titian , El Greco and Diego Velázquez. The Caravaggio canvas is in the 'huck lace' technique. Handwoven in linen