The story of the reconstruction of the canvas as used by Diego Velázquez for 'Saint John in the Wilderness'
After being excited that El Greco had painted on a canvas with a pattern I found a publication by Frank Zuccari in which was published a graphic of the pattern of the canvas as used by Diego Velázquez for 'Saint John in the Wilderness'
So now I had to write the weaving draft by myself, but I was lucky to find the German weaving manual 'Marx Ziegler's Kunst und Bild Buch' of 1677 with similar patterns as the canvases.
Chris Bruland (handwaving.net) wrote these patterns as a Weaving Information Format and that made it easier for me to find the correct draft for the canvas pattern as used by Diego Velázquez.
I have successfully reconstructed the canvas that stood in front of Diego Velázquez before he started painting 'Saint John in the Wilderness' with the thread counts as given in the article.
A sample of the textile, handwoven @ Lab O is in the assumption file of the Art Institute of Chicago
|reconstruction of the support canvas|
|graphic of the pattern|
|weaving information draft created on Weavelt software|
|reconstruction woven in linen on wooden hand loom @ Lab O|
|'Saint John in the Wilderness' by Diego Velázquez,|
175,3 cm x 152,5 cm Art Institute of Chicago