Friday, July 10, 2015

Word of the day: craquelure

The word of the day is craquelure:

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

"The walls of the top-floor workshop began filling up with old books—reference books, botanicals, atlases, huge black split-spined grimoires, the leather all craquelured like desert hardpan, in tall wobbly stacks that swayed worryingly if you brushed against them."

 - Lev Grossman, The Magician's Land

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