Pentimento meaning

pĕn'tə-mĕn'tō
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.
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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.
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Any such line, image, etc.
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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.
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The presence or emergence of traces of previous work or image, especially, of the same subject, originally in painting.
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Origin of pentimento

  • Italian correction, pentimento from pentire to repent from Latin paenitēre
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Italian pentimento.
    From Wiktionary