Meaning of quattrocento in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkwatrə(ʊ)ˈtʃɛntəʊ/


the quattrocentro
  • The 15th century as a period of Italian art or architecture.

    ‘artists of the quattrocento’
    • ‘a quattrocento painting’
    • ‘In the second half of the 19th century some quattrocento paintings were acquired, reflecting the contemporary taste for ‘primitives’.’
    • ‘The very periodization structure on which our histories are based depends on his heroic presence as a bulwark between trecento and quattrocento, as a signpost stating ‘the Renaissance starts here.’’
    • ‘During the trecento and quattrocento, the spirit of competition between S. Maria del Fiore and S. Giovanni guided their respective acquisitions of relics and commissions for reliquaries in which to house them.’
    • ‘Ranging from antiquities and ethnographia through medieval manuscripts and quattrocento panel paintings to Bacon and Polke, it is of course the European Fine Art Fair at Maastricht.’
    • ‘The main inspiration for Poccetti's panoramic views and genre detail comes from the fresco cycles of quattrocento Tuscany, and the naturalism of his figures and landscapes was enhanced by an appreciation of northern painting.’
    • ‘Whilst he still produced exquisite paintings his archaic style and the use of delineation, soon meant that he was left behind by other quattrocento artists like Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci.’
    • ‘More generally, Hills views the reconciling of color as a function of relief and of color as unbounded, ornamental, or expressive as the chief dilemma facing quattrocento artists.’
    • ‘The foundation of good government on humanist learning, forged by Italian humanists of the quattrocento, led to the extensive development of the mirror-for-prince genre in sixteenth-century northern Europe.’
    • ‘These caused him to look particularly at what he believed to be the art of Dante's time, at the trecento as well as the quattrocento.’
    • ‘Given that the big money these days seems reserved for such polished late-sixteenth- or early-seventeenth-century bronzes, the price of the Florentine quattrocento bronze model of Cupid in the same sale came as more of a surprise.’
    • ‘The panel is highly unusual for the seventeenth century in having an integral frame in quattrocento style.’
    • ‘Arico's Uccello series (dedicated to the quattrocento master of perspective) and the intriguingly elegant Perspectives made in 1970, explore the boundaries between geometric logic and visual space.’
    • ‘This perceived ‘common ground’ and the documentary evidence for the high esteem in which northern art was held in the quattrocento are discussed in part one of the book.’
    • ‘It was common practice to employ this combination of supports from the late quattrocento to the mid-cinquecento, in order to strengthen the fragile woven supports used for painting at the time.’
    • ‘Uccello's descriptive detailing, such as the wood-beamed ceiling and tile floor represented in perspective, as well as the quattrocento dress of his painted figures also help to naturalize the host desecration legend in Italy.’
    • ‘Lodovico Capponi's inclusion of a stained-glass window in the decoration of his chapel can be traced to a fashion for stained-glass windows in private chapels that had been steadily spreading since the late quattrocento.’
    • ‘It was Pound's fascination with the quattrocento, Sigismondo Malatesta, and the mythic allure of ancient rocks and water, in fact, that had the most direct influence on Stokes.’
    • ‘Pincus's volume deals with the earliest examples of any of the four books, ducal tombs produced in Venice from the mid-duecento to the later quattrocento.’
    • ‘The Coronation altarpiece may well have been funded through a gift of land donated to the cloister at the end of the first decade of the quattrocento.’
    • ‘As a result, icons came to be appreciated abroad as ‘Russian primitives,’ comparable to the panel paintings of the quattrocento in Italy.’


Italian, literally ‘400’ (shortened from milquattrocento ‘1400’), used with reference to the years 1400–99.