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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Definitions for pentimento

  1. Painting. the presence or emergence of earlier images, forms, or strokes that have been changed and painted over.

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Citations for pentimento
The term pentimento (plural pentimenti) refers to the evidence of changes an artist makes during the development of a composition on canvas. Wesley Pulkka, "Chicago-born ABQ artist displays new acrylic paintings," ABQ Journal, August 3, 2014
It’s known as pentimento, the beautiful Italian word for repentance. Pentimenti are the alterations in a painting that become apparent through traces of previous workings. In historical painting, we might see the differing positions of a head. A faint third hand, perhaps. Wonderfully, the thoughts of an artist long dead can sometimes unfold in front of us. Alison Watt, "So what does artistic creation sound like?" The Guardian, November 8, 2014
Origin of pentimento
Pentimento came to English from the Italian pentire meaning "to repent," which ultimately derives from the Latin paenitēre meaning to regret.