The Renaissance Timeline

Timeline created by hvictry
In Music
  • Period: 1386 to 1466


    created Bronze statue of David c. 1444-46
  • Period: 1390 to 1453

    John Dunstable (Dunstaple)

    English, but influenced musical style in Europe, composers who heard his music were impressed by the "English quality"
  • Period: 1397 to 1474

    Guillaume Dufay

    first Renaissance composer
  • Period: 1420 to 1497

    Johannes Ockeghem

    Very respected and prolific; also a low bass
  • Period: 1430 to


    Rebirth, new complex currents of thought concerning arts (Italy), science, religion, and music (England). Era of exploration, musicians supported by either churches, cities/states, or royal and aristocratic courts. Renaissance often regarded as golden age of a cappella singing.
  • Period: 1435 to 1511

    Johannes Tinctoris

    Composer and music theorist: wrote about contemporary music. Wrote first dictionary of musical terms: Diffinitorium musices (c. 1475)
  • Period: 1444 to 1510

    Sandro Botticelli

    The Birth of Venus 1485-86
  • Period: 1450 to 1521

    Josquin des Prez

    Most revered Renaissance composer, especially by Martin Luther
  • Period: 1452 to 1519

    Leonardo da Vinci

    Painter of the "Mona Lisa"
  • Period: 1466 to 1536


    Dutch scholar-philosopher
  • Period: 1483 to 1520


    "Madonna della Tenda" (1514), "Cherubs Sestine Madonna"
  • Period: 1483 to 1546

    Martin Luther

    German religious reformer
  • Period: 1490 to 1562

    Adrian Willaert

    Father of text expression
  • 1510

    "Pange lingua" Mass

  • Period: 1525 to


    Most famous composer from the Renaissance
  • 1530

    Italian Madrigal

    1 voice on each part, aristocratic poetry
  • Period: 1532 to

    Orlando di Lasso

    Ranks in importance with Josquin and Palestrina
  • Period: 1564 to


    Lived into early Baroque, many Renaissance-style songs were composed for and used in his plays
  • Period: 1564 to


    Famous scientist
  • 1567

    "Pope Marcellus" Mass

    6 a cappella voices, polyphonic and homorhythmic
  • Period: 1567 to

    Claudio Monteverdi

    Moved music from Renaissance style to Baroque, wrote 9 books of madrigals
  • 1570

    "The Extreme"

    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585), English composer who wrote a 40-voice part motet
  • "Canzona septimi toni"

    2 choirs of instruments, "cori spezzati" (split choirs)
  • "Fair Phyllis"

    John Farmer (ca. 1570-1603) 4 solo voices, English composer active in Dublin and London, word painting on "all alone" "up and down" "etc"