I would like to talk about a famous Italian painter, as well as one of my favorite artists, Michelangelo Merisi called Caravaggio (Milan 1571 Porto Ercole 1610). The particularity that I like about this artist is in his way of painting, emphasizing the volume of the bodies that suddenly exit from the darkness of the scene.
Caravaggio lived a tormented life linked to pleasures, including prostitutes, alcohol, fights that brought him into trouble. Living a life so intense, it is natural that he developed a fear of death, which remained impressed until the end of his days.
After the violent fight with Ranuccio Tomassoni and the death of the latter, his life became hell: he had a charge of murder and a death sentence which he could escape only by hiding here and there.
The fear of death obsessed him, leading him to paint the faces of the villains killed by his paintings with his features.
David with the head of Goliath is an example (Galleria Borghese, Rome):
The young David holds the head of Goliath decapitated in his hand and the exhibition to the public, to us, proposes the gesture of the winner, but looks at him with a compassionate look. Caravaggio representing himself in the head of Goliath, he represents tired and aged and as if the death sentence had been executed, and he had been beheaded.