The Spanish and Italian Old Masters all painted on hand-woven patterned linen canvases. This ‘first layer’ canvas was largely ignored by art historians until I started deciphering the weaving draft of El Greco’s 'The Burial of the Count of Orgaz', which recently culminated in authentic, hand-woven reconstructions of historic canvases.
...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 !