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

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.


Italian, from (mille) seicento, (one thousand) six hundred : sei, six (from Latin sex) + cento, hundred (from Latin centum).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


  • 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

  • The "spirit of the age" which lured these _seicento_ men into committing such archæological and artistic blunders, placed no boundary upon its evil work.

    Pagan and Christian Rome

  • Refreshing to have it pointed out, for instance, that Caravaggio was not gay - not just because he swung both ways, but because the concept of fixed sexuality was unknown to seicento Italians.

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