overpainting (technique)

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The application of paint over already dry areas of a painting. Can include the artist's own application of, for example, glazes and scumbles. In conservation, limited to later work, by a conservator, and distinguished from "inpainting," which refers the filling in of lost areas without covering original paint. For similar work done by conservators to cover damage or mask unwanted features, use "repainting"; for similar work not done by conservators, use "retouching."
Accepted term: 15-Jul-2024