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craquelure

[krak-loo r, krak-loo r; French krakuh-lyr] /krækˈlʊər, ˈkræk lʊər; French krakəˈlür/
noun, plural craquelures
[krak-loo rz, krak-loo rz; French krakuh-lyr] /krækˈlʊərz, ˈkræk lʊərz; French krakəˈlür/ (Show IPA)
1.
a network of fine cracks or crackles on the surface of a painting, caused chiefly by shrinkage of paint film or varnish.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; < French, equivalent to craquel(er) to crackle, crack (imitative) + -ure -ure
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Examples for craquelure
  • 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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craquelure

/ˈkrækəlʊə/
noun
1.
a network of fine cracks on old paintings caused by the deterioration of pigment or varnish
Word Origin
C20: from French, from craqueler to crackle, from craquer to crack, of imitative origin
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Contemporary definitions for craquelure
noun

a cracking or network of fine cracks in the paint, enamel, or varnish of a painting

Word Origin

F. craqueler

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