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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Definitions for craquelure

  1. a network of fine cracks or crackles on the surface of a painting, caused chiefly by shrinkage of paint film or varnish.

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Citations for craquelure
She made more coffee and ate sitting on the sofa, looking closely at the craquelure that the ageing process, exposure to light and movement of the wooden support had inevitably inflicted on the painted surface. Arturo Pérez-Reverte, The Flanders Panel, translated by Margaret Jull Costa, 1994
As a matter of course, he used only pigments that were available to Vermeer, and concocted effects of age: craquelure, wormholes, yellowed varnish, soilage, and, for good measure in “Emmaus,” a poorly repaired rip. Peter Schjeldahl, "Dutch Master," The New Yorker, October 27, 2008
Origin of craquelure
Craquelure came to English in the early 1900s from the French verb meaning “to crackle, to crack.”