American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The 15th-century period of Italian art and literature.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fifteenth century considered as an epoch of art or literature, and especially in connection with Italy: as, the Sculpture of the quattrocento. The painters of the early part of the period had not yet attained the power to render their conceptions with entire freedom; but their coloring is very beautiful, and their sentiment in general nobler than that of the artists who followed them.
- Belonging to, or living or produced in, the fifteenth century; of the style of the fifteenth century: as, quattrocento sculpture.
GNU Webster's 1913
- The fifteenth century, when applied to Italian art or literature.
- n. the 15th century in Italian art and literature
- Italian (Wiktionary)
- 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). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Walter Ong notes that for cultures predominantly oral in their transmission of knowledge, such as quattrocento Italy, dialogue is essential to sustain the logical analysis of complex problems. 6 Moreover, since "Maestro" was a common salutation for a friar, Lazzaro could well have offered moral and spiritual counsel for Federico's assessments. 7”
“Note 305: Compare with Emanuel Winternitz: "Both art and science in the 'quattrocento' drew their inspiration from one strong impulse: the tendency toward rationalization, sweeping through all branches of natural science, aiming at calculation and control of nature by establishing its laws.”
“It's a stunning show, with a checklist that reads like the iconic collection of an ideal museum of the quattrocento , plus compelling works by less familiar Italian artists and a few splendid Netherlandish portraits for comparison.”
“The Donatello bust is accompanied by early quattrocento paintings of male profiles by Masaccio, Paolo Uccello and probably Domenico Veneziano, all of them with red cappucci —long-tailed hoods—piled on their heads.”
“For example, colored letter cards (the quattrocento equivalent of "flash cards") introduced the youngest to the alphabet and assisted in the instruction of grammar.”
“EC11: What do parrots and parakeets have to say about a quattrocento education?”
“Recalling that from early recorded history the sphere has represented an idealized form of the universe, it is understandable, particularly in light of the late quattrocento "rediscovery" of Plato and Plotinus, that the pearl embodied notions of perfection, unity, and purity in miniature.”
“Innate talent was as mysterious to the quattrocento as it was for Vitruvius, who describes it as "hidden in the breast.”
“Investigation of such allusions allows us to better appreciate the workings of a quattrocento mind and the complementary roles of architecture and memory in its formation.”
“Publicius bluntly states, "Resemblance among places should be avoided more than death," a comment that reveals a fundamental difference between contemporary and quattrocento perceptions of memory. 108 Whereas we now perceive errors of memory (including inaccuracy and "forgetting") to occur in the process of recollection, memory errors were traditionally considered to occur during the process of storage, owing to a failure to transform sense impressions into secure mental images.”
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