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

San Bernardino

1524-40
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L'Aquila

L'Aquila is a city in central Italy, both the capital city of the Abruzzo region and of the Province of L'Aquila. The church of Saint Bernardino of Siena is the largest Renaissance church in Abruzzi. It was built after the death of Bernardino from Siena (1380-1444), a Franciscan and one of the most effective and widely known preachers of his day, who lived in L'Aquila for a long time. The church has unique façade, designed by Cola dell'Amatrice, which consists of three orders in the three Doric, Ionic and Corinthian styles to express the sixteenth century ideal of a perfect fusion of Greek and Latin classical forms with the Christian heritage. The interior contains the monumental tomb of the saint, executed by Silvestro dell'Aquila in 1480.