from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An underlying image in a painting, as an earlier painting, part of a painting, or original draft, that shows through, usually when the top layer of paint has become transparent with age.
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- n. An alteration in a painting, evidenced by traces of previous work, showing that the artist has changed his or her mind as to the composition during the process of painting.
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- n. the reappearance in a painting of an underlying image that had been painted over (usually when the later painting becomes transparent with age)
Italian, correction, pentimento, from pentire, to repent, from Latin paenitēre.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian pentimento. (Wiktionary)