A palimpsest is a manuscript page from a scroll or book from which the text has been scraped off and which can be used again. (Thanks, Wikipedia.)
Just learned this word and about this type of object yesterday, but what I find most interesting is the way artists are reclaiming the word to apply it to art projects. Is graffiti art a form of palimpsest? When Da Vinci reused his canvases, was he working with palimpsests?
This blog post discusses the concept of digital palimpsests and whether or not all digital images are, in fact, palimpsests.
Original book art is being created on the palimpsest principle, like this book found here by artist Denis Brown.
Palimpsest, a novel by Catherynne M. Valente, was shortlisted for the 2010 Hugo Award in the Best Novel Category, and this Palimpsest Bee Compass Pendant was created RockLove in honor of that book.
Style Court already posted this word of the day with some great palimpsest artwork images.
That’s the beauty of learning a new word like this (combined with the power of the internet) – one Google search leads to hours of other types of new discoveries.
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Funny. Last Saturday I got this word tattooed on my forearm. In my own handwriting. I'd attach a pic if I could. 🙂