He was many things but his most prominent contribution is his publication, “the Friend of the People” which regularly condemns the government and politicians. His death was used by the revolutionists to maintain the ideals of the movement and to capitalize on his death for such purpose. Marat was killed by Charlotte Corday who gained entry to his home pretending that she has a list of traitors in lieu of the executions that he vehemently supports.
In terms of style, it is evident that David is deeply inspired by Caravaggio with the use of the Roman imagery in his art imbued with the political atmosphere of France. The disposition toward the scenes that are predominantly religious in character is perceptible in David’s painting as it was in Caravaggio’s. Like Caravaggio and his paintings of martyrdom, Caravaggio used this technique to depict Marat as a martyr of the