COLA DELL'AMATRICE
(b. ca. 1485, Amatrice, d. ca. 1550, Ascoli Piceno)

Biography

Cola dell'Amatrice (originally Nicola Filotesio) was an Italian painter, architect and sculptor. He worked in various localities in central Italy but has resided and worked mainly in or near the town of Ascoli Piceno in the Marche.

A native of the town of Amatrice in the Papal State of Latium, Nicola Filotesio also appears in contemporary records as Cola dell'Amatrice or Cola Amatricius. The son of Mariano Filotesio, he trained with Dionisio Cappelli, painted frescoes at Cittŕ di Castello and completed, between 1514 and 1535, works of art in Ascoli Piceno.

The date and place of Nicola Filotesio's birth have been historically recorded, but the year has varied within a nine-year period, having been variously indicated as 1480 and 1489. Similarly, the date of his death and the place (Ascoli Piceno) are on record, but the year has varied within a twelve-year range, being given as 1547 or 1559.