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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]
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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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16) Rebecca Moore Howard, "A Plagiarism Pentimento," Journal of Teaching Writing 12, no.
That is called pentimento because the painter 'repented,' changed his mind.
7) Spogliato da ogni velo di vergogna e pentimento, l'exemplum amoroso composto dal poeta veneziano per i dotti lettori rinascimentali ben riflette, per contro, la parvenza di nobilta che la figura dell'animale progressivamente inizio ad acquisire nel basso Medioevo, soprattutto a partire dal xii secolo.
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.
Alguns autores, entre os quais me incluo, consideram que a face do pentimento corresponde ao general Pablo Morillo; outros apoiam a ideia de que a face e do rei Fernando VII (Figura 6).
It does nothing to undermine the warm, exuberant triumph that oscar Hijuelos has achieved in his much-anticipated new novel, Beautiful Maria of My Soul, to say that it is a kind of pentimento on his hugely successful 1989 book, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.
Fictional disguises are discarded and the underlying factual pentimento revealed.
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In American Pentimento, historian Patricia Seed argues that modern American society, like a pentimento in art in which "over time the covering pigment on a canvas sometimes becomes transparent, allowing a glimpse of an earlier drawing or painting to show through," reflects aspects of its colonial foundations in relation to European colonizers' justifications for access to natural resources belonging to Amerindians.
Now, forty years after his death, a pentimento pattern of ecological consciousness becomes evident throughout his corpus as its complexity and unity become more transparent with time.
No he querido hacer de esta hipotesis un argumento central en este estudio porque aunque en el prologo a las Novelas ejemplares, Cervantes afirma que estas tienen "algun misterio escondido, que las levanta" (Sears, 2), seria torpe reducir a un solo secreto la complejidad -- el pentimento, segun la expresion de Weber -- de estos textos que, no debemos olvidar, proceden de la misma mano que escribio el Quijote.