Meaning resembling the hide of an alligator, the term describes the crackled texturing of a painted surface, which can be either intentional for effect or the result of poor preparation and/or conservation. Source: Ralph Mayer, "A Dictionary of Art Terms"<br><br>The upper paint layers pull away in a pattern similar to the look of an alligator&#39;s hide when the drying process is compromised. The layer below is visible and the upper layer has a raised appearance. Also known as ???drying cracks??? ??? see? ???Drying cracks??? for illustrations.<br><br>A crackled texturing of a painted surface which resembles alligator skin. Though sometimes intended, it is usually regarded as disfiguring.Also see fat over lean and finish.