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(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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The quote also opens Julia, director Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1977 film based on the contentious chapter of the same name in Pentimento. The film starred Jane Fonda as the young Lillian Hellman and Vanessa Redgrave as the title character, an anti-Nazi activist in pre-World War II Vienna.
Kessler-Harris describes this very well: "When she wrote Pentimento ...
pentimento. The way that Luca's memory and Signorelli's frescoes
Pemberton both published articles on plagiarism that year, followed by seven articles the following year (Deckert; Devoss and Rosati; Howard, "Plagiarism Pentimento"; Jameson; Lunsford; McNenny and Roen; Wells).1 The pace of publication has remained brisk since then; plagiarism is now well established as a topic for scholarly inquiry.
Fictional disguises are discarded and the underlying factual pentimento revealed.
Through these characters he builds layers of emotions over a mystery and still maintains an important pentimento beneath the surface that will keep readers guessing.
In American Pentimento, historian Patricia Seed argues that modern American society, like a pentimento in art in which "over time the covering pigment on a canvas sometimes becomes transparent, allowing a glimpse of an earlier drawing or painting to show through," reflects aspects of its colonial foundations in relation to European colonizers' justifications for access to natural resources belonging to Amerindians.
No he querido hacer de esta hipotesis un argumento central en este estudio porque aunque en el prologo a las Novelas ejemplares, Cervantes afirma que estas tienen "algun misterio escondido, que las levanta" (Sears, 2), seria torpe reducir a un solo secreto la complejidad -- el pentimento, segun la expresion de Weber -- de estos textos que, no debemos olvidar, proceden de la misma mano que escribio el Quijote.
one classic, one Romantic if life were a painting, pentimento