Pentimento. A Roman Thing.

A 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.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. lizbert1 says:

    Beautiful photograph, beautiful post. Thanks, Lizzie


  2. Have you been in Rome recently, Beth?


    1. Si! In September 2013


    2. In September 2013:)


      1. Next time, let me know:) Magari ci si vede! Buona giornata:)


  3. Adri says:

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


    1. Thanks Adri! The word has stayed with me every since….


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