Definition of cinquecento in English:

cinquecento

Syllabification: cin·que·cen·to
Pronunciation: /ˌCHiNGkwiˈCHentō
 
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noun

(the cinquecento)
  • The 16th century as a period of Italian art, architecture, or literature, with a reversion to classical forms.
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    • Benedetto Montagna worked as a painter and engraver well into the cinquecento.
    • Such complexity of meanings appealed marvelously to learned patrons and artists of the cinquecento.
    • In the middle of the cinquecento, at least in certain cultivated circles, there was a taste for figures in paintings that ambiguously combined male and female characteristics.

Origin

Italian, literally '500' (shortened from milcinquecento '1500') used with reference to the years 1500–99.

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