pentimento

EnglishEdit

 
A woman's face can faintly be seen in the bend of the main figure's neck in The Old Guitarist

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Italian pentimento, from pentire (to regret).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˌpɛn.tɪˈmɛn.təʊ/
    • (file)

NounEdit

pentimento (plural pentimenti)

  1. (art) The presence or emergence of traces of previous work or image, especially of the same subject, originally in painting.
    • 2012, Lorraine T. Gilman, Princeton Pentimento, WestBow Press (→ISBN), page 205:
      She thought of the painting in the shop, the pentimento. Her life, the one she had so carefully planned for herself had crumbled like the paint on the surface.
    • 2018, Peter Vandenabeele, Howell Edwards, Raman Spectroscopy in Archaeology and Art History, Royal Society of Chemistry (→ISBN), page 33:
      The identification of a pentimento in an artwork can occur in one of two ways: by analytical interrogation of the subsurface using penetrative radiation such as IRR or XRD, or by direct visual observation, where the overlaying paint has worn away []

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ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From pentire +‎ -mento.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

pentimento m (plural pentimenti)

  1. penitence, penance, repentance
  2. remorse
    Synonyms: rammarico, rimpianto, rincrescimento
  3. (art) pentimento
    Synonyms: cambiamento, rifacimento

Further readingEdit

  • pentimento in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana