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pentimento

[pen-tuh-men-toh] /ˌpɛn təˈmɛn toʊ/
noun, plural pentimenti
[pen-tuh-men-tee] /ˌpɛn təˈmɛn ti/ (Show IPA).
Painting.
1.
the presence or emergence of earlier images, forms, or strokes that have been changed and painted over.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; < Italian, equivalent to penti(re) to repent (< Latin paenitēre to regret) + -mento -ment
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  • He works with a fully-loaded brush or palette knife in transparent glazes that refer to double-exposure as well as pentimento.
British Dictionary definitions for pentimento

pentimento

/ˌpɛntɪˈmɛntəʊ/
noun (pl) -ti (-tiː)
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
Word Origin
C20: Italian, literally: correction
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Encyclopedia Article for pentimento

(from Italian pentirsi: "to repent"), in art, the reappearance in an oil painting of original elements of drawing or painting that the artist tried to obliterate by overpainting. If the covering pigment becomes transparent, as may happen over the years, the ghostly remains of earlier marks may show through. Pentimenti most commonly occur owing to slight repositionings by the artist of the outlines of figures or of their clothing. Many signs of such "repentances," or pentimenti, are found among the thinly painted Dutch panels of the 17th century. One of the most famous examples is a double hat brim in Rembrandt's "Flora" (c. 1665; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City).

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