Pentimento. A Roman Thing.

Romeiandme3A photo of Rome I snapped late in the afternoon in the fading sunlight. The quintessential nature of this fascinates me. The old overlays the new  – or is it the other way around? The past intertwines with the present. The word Pentimento describes it beautifully.  I first read this word in a Lillian Hellman biography of the same name.  It is defined as 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. The word is Italian for repentance, from the verb pentirsi, meaning to repent.  Something for us to think about.

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Categories: Italy, Photography

Author:italy...and me

Beth Beeman lives and writes from the beach city of San Clemente, California. She is interested in food, genealogy, wine and all things Italian.


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9 Comments on “Pentimento. A Roman Thing.”

  1. February 12, 2014 at 2:13 am #

    Beautiful photograph, beautiful post. Thanks, Lizzie


  2. February 13, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    Have you been in Rome recently, Beth?


  3. February 15, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    Oh, as soon as I saw “pentimento” I thought of Lillian Hellman. What a beautiful photograph!


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