The Spanish, Italian and Portuguese Old Masters all painted on hand-woven patterned linen canvases. This 'first layer' has been given only sporadic study by art historians. I started deciphering the weaving draft of El Greco’s 'The Burial of the Count of Orgaz', in 2016. It recently culminated in authentic, hand-woven reconstructions of historic canvases.
handwoven reconstruction of the support canvas from 'The Supper at Emmaus' Diego Velázquez
handwoven reconstruction of the support canvas of Velázquez' 'Supper at Emmaus'