Definition of cinquecento in English:



the cinquecento
  • The 16th century as a period of Italian art, architecture, or literature, with a reversion to classical forms.

    • ‘He was an accomplished decorator in the cinquecento style.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the late cinquecento, Florentine patrons seized upon the cloister lunette fresco cycle as an ideal format for reformist didactic painting.’


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