pentimento

[pen-tuh-men-toh]
noun, plural pentimenti [pen-tuh-men-tee] . Painting.
the presence or emergence of earlier images, forms, or strokes that have been changed and painted over.

Origin:
1900–05; < Italian, equivalent to penti(re) to repent (< Latin paenitēre to regret) + -mento -ment

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pentimento (ˌpɛntɪˈmɛntəʊ)
 
n , pl -ti
1.  the revealing of a painting or part of a painting that has been covered over by a later painting
2.  the part of a painting thus revealed
 
[C20: Italian, literally: correction]

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Generally the more pentimenti, the more likely a painting is to be the prime version.
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