Definition of trecento in English:



the trecento
  • The 14th century as a period of Italian art, architecture, or literature.

    ‘Sienese artists of the trecento’
    as modifier ‘trecento painters’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Debating groups like this are a common feature in Italian trecento and quattrocento narratives and usually serve to comment on scenes in the margin of which they appear, thus inviting the beholder to engage with what is represented.’
    • ‘Ambrogio Lorenzetti was arguably the most original and exploratory painter of the trecento: ‘learned’, as Ghiberti called him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘The linkage of trecento urbanism and Renaissance perspective is also made graphically in the last three images of the book, which juxtapose on one page the trecento view of the Baptistery, the Urbino panel, and Pienza.’
    • ‘The second observes that ‘whenever possible the space of the trecento piazza tends to take on its own internal or abstract formal order’ as it strives to achieve formal regularity by various means.’
    • ‘Overall, the errant Apostle is depicted eleven times, and only three of these images date from the duecento, compared with eight from the trecento.’
    • ‘The figure of Justice as a symbol of the chief virtue of the Venetian republic, or as a representation of the republic itself, also goes back at least to the trecento.’
    • ‘To the trecento Franciscan contemplating the images in the lower church, Judas represented a failed friar as well as a fallen Apostle.’
    • ‘Their tunics and cloaks are capacious and richly colored and, by the trecento, are usually decorated with gold hems and borders.’
    • ‘In this light, Brunelleschi's panels articulate both the historical link between trecento visuality and Alberti's costruzione legittima and the relationship between urbanism and painting.’
    • ‘She has recently shown that although ‘architectural portraits’ became increasingly common in trecento frescoes, the descriptive accuracy of these images was often sacrificed.’
    • ‘The earlier part of the Saint Philip reliquary is its late trecento gilded silver base, which also serves as a container for relics.’
    • ‘But not only does he ignore my statements, he falsely represents my idea of the linkage of Renaissance perspective to trecento urbanism - specifically via Brunelleschi's panels - as his own.’
    • ‘Iberia, and trecento Italy, each differentiated by medium and century.’
    • ‘I have identified only four other trecento frescoes of Christ in the House of Simon that include Judas.’
    • ‘That Sienese art came to be self-referential and insular in nature is evident from the constant reworking of compositions and motifs from the earlier trecento.’
    • ‘An anonymous diary dating from the late trecento shows that similar processions were held in late May 1387; twice in 1390, on June 30 and October 16; and again in December 1398.’
    • ‘His only connections seem to have been indirect, formed by associations with other Florentines known to have supported the monastery, including one of the monastery's most important benefactors of the late trecento.’


Italian, literally ‘300’, shortened from milletrecento ‘1300’, used with reference to the years 1300–99.