pentimento

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

Origin of pentimento

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

noun plural -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 for pentimento

C20: Italian, literally: correction
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