Definition of cinquecento in English:
The 16th century as a period of Italian art, architecture, or literature, with a reversion to classical forms.
- 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.
Italian, literally '500' (shortened from milcinquecento '1500') used with reference to the years 1500–99.