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is the ability for a medium to crumble easily.

Related Terms[edit | edit source]

brittle; chalking

Synonyms in English[edit | edit source]


Translation[edit | edit source]

English friability
French friabilité
Portuguese friável
Chinese (Traditional) 粉碎性
Ukrainian крихкість

Discussion[edit | edit source]

Often describing a media on paper, friability refers to the capacity of a material to crumble and separate from a support. This is frequently the result of inadequate binding in the medium. Friable media such as pastels, charcoal, and some paint may separate from a support due to abrasion or contact.

References[edit | edit source]

Friable. AICCM. Visual Glossary. (accessed 16 March, 2014).

Friability. Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online. Getty Research Institute. (accessed 16 March, 2014).

Quandt, A.B. (1996, June). Recent developments in the conservation of parchment manuscripts, delivered Book and paper specialty group session, aic 24th annual meeting, Norfolk, VA. Retrieved from

Papierniak, K. (2012). Challenges of undertaking conservation treatment of mixed media artworks by john olsen: A case history in conservation of contemporary works of art. Paper for 7th Aiccm book, paper and photographic materials symposiym. Retrieved from

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