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n. pl. pen·ti·men·ti (-tē)
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.

[Italian, correction, pentimento, from pentire, to repent, from Latin paenitēre.]


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


(ˌpɛn təˈmɛn toʊ)

n., pl. -ti (-tē).
1. the reemergence in a painting of an image that has been painted over.
2. the image itself.
[1900–05; < Italian, =penti(re) to repent (< Latin paenitēre to regret) + -mento -ment]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pentimento - the reappearance in a painting of an underlying image that had been painted over (usually when the later painting becomes transparent with age)
painting, picture - graphic art consisting of an artistic composition made by applying paints to a surface; "a small painting by Picasso"; "he bought the painting as an investment"; "his pictures hang in the Louvre"
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Based on the book Pentimento, "Julia" won three Oscars including best adapted screenplay, best actress in a supporting role (Vanessa Redgrave) and best actor in a supporting role (Jason Robards).
The signs of taking away--sanding, scraping, and rubbing, sometimes to the point of puncturing the canvas--are as significant as the marks themselves, the techniques together yielding a surprisingly well-integrated sense of pentimento.
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Various subplots in the story--the girls' pediatrician aunt, their friends, budding love interests, and the desperate girl who caused the fatal accident--all seem like pentimento, painted lightly over Giselle's struggle to accept being untwinned and untwined.
That is called pentimento because the painter 'repented,' changed his mind.
Hellman's most notorious lie was that she had risked her own life by passing material to "Julia," her supposed anti-fascist friend in pre-war Austria depicted in her memoir Pentimento (1973).
In the painting "Sudan," he explained, "figures are juxtaposed with other figures that seem to be from a different time period, like a pentimento.
Quiza no se trate de una regla general, pero este ejemplo lo podemos comparar con el pentimento de una escena asociada a la Semana Santa del Codice Aubin (foja 59 recto) donde el tlacuilo habia iniciado un dibujo de La Pasion usando formas nativas, cambiandolas por las europeas, mas realistas, como si el mundo hispano europeo, de reciente arribo, poseyera su propia expresion plastica, ajena a la nativa.
With the passage of time and a cascade of fawning magazine covers, Bill Clinton's image has evolved, leaving the repellent sexual scandals a pentimento in a new, more magnetic portrait.
Oltre alla severita verso i devianti, le carte riferiscono il consiglio del papapastore nelle risposte alle lettere di pentimento di quei sacerdoti indiziati di modernismo: trovare nel ministero pastorale la redenzione dai mali prodotti da quella <<troppa cultura>> di cui profondamente diffidava, essendo convinto che <<anziche vantaggi non rechera che danni>> (13).
Tal vez, pero no olvidado, pues ahi estan los sendos volumenes autobiograficos de la dramaturga y narradora Hellman (Una mujer inacaba, Pentimento y, sobre todo, Tiempo de canallas); y, desde luego, la obra de Miller--acaso la mas autobiografica de su produccion--donde ademas da cuenta de su tragico amor con Marylin Monroe, Despues de la caida, llevada a escena, ironicamente, por el mismo Kazan, que ya habia montado, a rango de excelencia, La muerte de un viajante del mismo Miller.
I saw, in pentimento, the game of jacks sometimes played in Cunningham "Events.