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The hostility Caravaggio portrayed in his paintings often alluded to the turmoil he endured in his personal escapades His aggressive disposition was more often than not the inspiration of his work Most of his paintings were indirect depictions of events that happened throughout his lifetime andor the attitude expressed when the works were created The feverish skyless Caravaggio was a violent masochist at heart his willingness to receive and administer pain was the central conceit of his life and art Sohm Caravaggios outside appearance inferred many parallels in his artistic style His Baroque style and use of chiaroscuro articulated the darkness of his physicality He had a dark complexion and he had dark eyes black eyebrows and hair and these features also transpire in his manner of painting DellOrto His demented sub-conscience was unleashed in four of his most famous paintings as well as many others Several of his works were self-portraits that conveyed his feelings and mind set at the time of their completion The Beheading of St John The Martyrdom of St Matthew The Martyrdom of St Ursula and David with the Head of Goliath were all animations of his fascination and fear of death In The Beheading of St John Caravaggios true self emerged His homicidal fantasies and sadistic actions were the stimulation for this particular work Caravaggios artistic motif was also inspired by his deviant homosexual tendencies He was irately violent as a result of his homosexuality seeing as he was probably ashamed of his sexual preference The focal point was the crotch of the executioner Caravaggio excelled in portraying the bodies of muscular men Danielsson Of all the figures on the huge canvas used for this painting all the light seems to be emitted from the sexual organ of the headsman executioner He regarded his sexuality as the source of evil he had done to others as well as to himself Danielsson The executioner is the dominating figure in
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