As the name suggests, the artist is Italian (sounds like a type of pasta).
Max Bertolini started his art career in comics. He then went on to illustrations, including book covers, and has continued ever since.
Some of his pieces are spectacular, and it was hard to pick a specific piece for this week's Pic of the Week, but eventually I made my mind up. If you want to look at more of his work, you can visit the gallery on his website.
But in the meantime, Enjoy . . .
'Thousand Year Empress'