Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The 17th century with reference to Italian literature and art.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Italian art and literature, the seventeenth century considered as the period of certain styles and certain masters. It succeeds the cinque-cento, or sixteenth century.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Italian, from (mille) seicento, (one thousand) six hundred : sei, six (from Latin sex; see s(w)eks in Indo-European roots) + cento, hundred (from Latin centum; see dekm̥ in Indo-European roots).]

Examples

  • On the other hand, John Ruskin 1819-1900 despised the Italian baroque painting of the 17th century - the seicento.

    Two contrasting views of the Italian Seicento

  • About Italian seicento painting in general, he wrote, "There is no entirely sincere or great art in the 17th century."

    Two contrasting views of the Italian Seicento

  • When the National Gallery bought two paintings by the baroque artist Guido Reni, Ruskin condemned the purchase so fiercely that the gallery did not dare buy another seicento work for over half a century.

    Two contrasting views of the Italian Seicento

  • Scritti sulla Nouvelle-France nel seicento Bari and Paris, 1984, 27–29.

    Champlain's Dream

  • Scritti sulla Nouvelle-France nel seicento Bari and Paris, 1984, 27–29.

    Champlain's Dream

  • A well-known Italian essayist, Enrico Necioni, published an essay “Barrochismo” in La Vita italiana nel seicento

    BAROQUE IN LITERATURE

  • In an embayed recess among the surrounding yew trees, leaning her back against the pedestal of a pleasantly comic version of the Medici Venus, executed by some nameless mason of the seicento, he saw Mary pensively sitting.

    Crome Yellow

  • Early seicento Venice had expended all its extravagant art in the making of it.

    Crome Yellow

  • In an embayed recess among the surrounding yew trees, leaning her back against the pedestal of a pleasantly comic version of the Medici Venus, executed by some nameless mason of the seicento, he saw Mary pensively sitting.

    Crome Yellow

  • Early seicento Venice had expended all its extravagant art in the making of it.

    Crome Yellow

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