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The 15th-century period of Italian art and literature.

[Italian, short for (mil) quattrocento, one thousand four hundred : quattro, four (from Latin quattuor; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots) + cento, hundred (from Latin centum; see dekm̥ in Indo-European roots).]


(ˌkwætrəʊˈtʃɛntəʊ; Italian kwattroˈtʃɛnto)
(Historical Terms) the 15th century, esp in reference to Renaissance Italian art and literature
[Italian, shortened from milquattrocento 1400]


(ˌkwɑ troʊˈtʃɛn toʊ, -trə-)

n. (often cap.)
the 15th century, used in reference to the Italian art and literature of that time.
[1870–75; < Italian, short for mil quattro cento 1400, occurring in the names of all the years from 1400 to 1499]
quat`tro•cen′tist, n.
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Noun1.quattrocento - the 15th century in Italian art and literature
century - a period of 100 years
Renaissance, Renascence - the period of European history at the close of the Middle Ages and the rise of the modern world; a cultural rebirth from the 14th through the middle of the 17th centuries
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After recounting the stories of the recovery of classical rhetorical texts, Mack proceeds to summarize the texts of Quatrocento Italian rhetoricians.
On the Nicholas V project see Torgil Magnuson, "Studies in Roman Quatrocento Architecture," Figura 9 (1958): 65 echoed in Samuel Y.
Notwithstanding these shortcomings, Architettura e committenza nella Napoli del Quatrocento is a major contribution to the study of Renaissance culture in Naples.