Craquelure

Craquelure (craquelé, crettatura) is the fine pattern of dense `cracking` formed on the surface of materials, either as part of the process of ageing or of their original formation or production. The term is most often used to refer to tempera or oil paintings, where it is a sign of age that is also sometimes induced in forgeries, and ceramics,.....
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craquelure

craquelure (krăkloor') , hairline surface cracking of paintings into characteristic patterns determined by age, climatic conditions, and the materials used in the work. Cracking was so common in works by 18th-century English painters that it became known as craquelure anglaise. Forgers and...
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craquelure

fine cracking that appears in old paintings
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Craquelure

Network of cracks. Caused by the shrinking of the paint or varnish. Craquelure Examples
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craquelure

Network of fine cracks on a painting's surface that are due to age. In tempera paintings the cracks are barely visible, whereas in oil paintings they can be very distinctive. Craquelure is an...
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