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Quattrocento

Summary
The cultural and artistic events of Italy during the period 1400 to 1499 are collectively referred to as the Quattrocento (UKˌkwætroʊˈtʃɛntoʊ,_-trəˈ-, USˌkwɒtroʊˈ-, ˌkwattroˈtʃɛnto) from the Italian word for the number 400, in turn from millequattrocento, which is Italian for the year 1400. The Quattrocento encompasses the artistic styles of the late Middle Ages (most notably International Gothic), the early Renaissance (beginning around 1425), and the start of the High Renaissance, generally asserted to begin between 1495 and 1500. Historical context After the decline of the Western Roman Empire in 476, economic disorder and disruption of trade spread across Europe. This was the beginning of the Early Middle Ages, which lasted roughly until the 14th century, when trade increased, population began to expand and the people regained their authority. In the late Middle Ages, the political structure of the European continent slowly coalesced from small, turbulent fiefdoms in
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