Michelangelo's work is often on my mind. It has been even more so lately as I was able to visit the Met's "Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer" exhibit. The experience was amazing and you can see my sketches of his work on my blog.
The Italian word for stonecutter is scalpellino and Michelangelo identified with this profession as much as he did as an artist. As a child, he was reared in a stone quarry and felt at home among the cutters and carvers. This painting is a portrait, of sorts, of Michelangelo and all the other strong and hardy scalpellini that came before and after.
Stonecutter, latex paint on canvas, 36 x 48", 2018