He was a follower of Panetti and Garofalo, who lived in the 16th century. He is the author of a 'Dead Christ on the lap of the Virgin' in the Dresden Gallery, formerly assigned to Squarcione. His oldest panel is dated 1502, and represents the Death of the Virgin: it is now in the possession of Count Mazza, at Ferrara. In the church of Sant'Andrea, in the same city, is a Virgin and Child between SS Michael, Catharine, John, and Jerome, signed and dated 1506. The Gallery of Ferrara has a Madonna and Child and Saints, signed by him in 1542. The dates of his birth and death are uncertain.
- Garollo, Gottardo (1907). Ulrico Hoepli, ed. Dizionario biografico universale. Editore Libraio della Real Casa, Milan. p. 545.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Bryan, Michael (1886). "Coltellini, Michaele". In Graves, Robert Edmund. Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (A–K). I (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons.
- Works by Michele Coltellini at Census of Ferrarese Paintings and Drawings
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