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pentimento

(pĕn'təmĕn`tō), painter's term for the evidence in a work that the original composition has been changed. Often the opaque pigment with which the artist covered a mistake or unwanted beginnings will, with time or injudicious cleaning, become transparent, and a revelation of original intentions will become visible through the finished composition. A celebrated example is Caravaggio's Lute Player (Metropolitan Museum of Art) in which X-ray photography was used to uncover evidence of the painter's original intention.
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I have seen major growth of Philadelphia's art scene during the past 10 years, both in terms of the number of artists and in the number of sales," observed Christine Pfister, director of the Pentimenti Galleries, which represents emerging as well as established local, national and international artists.
Perhaps Picabia's most enduring contribution from this period is his method of overlaying or sandwiching images in flat, legible pentimenti called "transparencies.
The significant pentimenti here are witness to that.
A brushstroke, a drip, a line are decisions made against the backdrop of all the other possible marks not made--not just in the sense of pentimenti and underdrawing but as characteristic choices, as style.
in fuga dall'altra terra il martirio d'ortigia s'accomoda nell'angolo in ombra della sala dove non e traccia d'un amore dietro i pentimenti del pittore.
I have been interested in creating a seamless surface, a kind of inevitability, and I don't like having so much of the pentimenti show from underneath.
Rather than existential crises, Diebenkorn's canvases set out painterly problems, which he goes about patiently, studiously resolving; leaving behind a trail of pentimenti that bear witness to his changes of mind.
The sides of his forms are straight but not computer-straight; the background often impinges on what we read as the foreground; and intimations of pentimenti appear throughout, suggesting that he changed his mind in the process of creating a painting.
Yet, when his five nude self-portraits, heavily layered with pentimenti, on their stark black backgrounds, were presented in the narrow, oppressively white Famous Accountants gallery in Bushwick, it was clear Miller is winking at us from behind the camera; his paintings address the history and current issues of painting itself.
This should be particularly true in the context of art, where progressive publishers will be those who recognise how technological advances can enable new ways of seeing and thinking; letting us examine the brushstrokes of a late Titian, say, in far greater detail than print formats allow, or refreshing our scrutiny of Leonardo's underdrawing and pentimenti.
But cutouts and pentimenti could not be more different.
Furthermore, the pentimenti revealed by the x-radiograph clearly show that the pose of Christ originally corresponded much more closely to that of his counterpart in the Resurrection of c.