Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Pentimento - Definition



A pentimento is an alteration made to a painting, often indicated by an under drawing visible through the layers of paint by Xray. The evidence of traces of previous work shows that the artist changed their mind about their composition during the process of painting. Evidence of a pentimento, or pentimenti if plural, often shows that the artist was creating an original composition and was not imitating an established convention for the arrangement of specific subject matter.