craquelure

[krak-loor, krak-loor; French krakuh-lyr]
noun, plural craquelures [krak-loorz, krak-loorz; French krakuh-lyr] .
a network of fine cracks or crackles on the surface of a painting, caused chiefly by shrinkage of paint film or varnish.

Origin:
1910–15; < French, equivalent to craquel(er) to crackle, crack (imitative) + -ure -ure

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craquelure (ˈkrækəlʊə)
 
n
a network of fine cracks on old paintings caused by the deterioration of pigment or varnish
 
[C20: from French, from craqueler to crackle, from craquer to crack, of imitative origin]

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Main Entry:  craquelure
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a cracking or network of fine cracks in the paint, enamel, or varnish of a painting
Etymology:  F. craqueler
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For one thing, although the painting was webbed with centuries of craquelure, the sailor's face was unblemished.
The precise pattern of craquelure depends upon where the picture was painted.
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