- Art the emergence of lines, images, etc. in a painting that become visible as oil paint grows transparent with age, thus revealing the artist's earlier ideas
- pl. -·ti any such line, image, etc.
Origin of pentimentoIt, literally , repentance: in allusion to changes in the artist's intentions
An underlying image in a painting, especially one that has become visible when the top layer of paint has turned transparent with age, providing evidence of revision by the artist.
Origin of pentimentoItalian correction, pentimento from pentire to repent from Latin paenitēre
- An alteration in a painting, evidenced by traces of previous work, showing that the artist has changed his or her mind as to the composition during the process of painting.
- The presence or emergence of traces of previous work or image, especially, of the same subject, originally in painting.
From Italian pentimento.