Friday, 1 October 2010


A pentimento (plural pentimenti) is an alteration in a painting, evidenced by traces of previous work, showing that the artist has changed his mind as to the composition during the process of painting. The word derives from the Italian pentirsi, meaning to repent. 

Where I have been using the word palimpsest, it looks as if this is the more painterly term.

Found this in an excellent artists blog I am following by Dean Melbourne
Dean Melbourne's blog

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