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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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