This is the painting I think about when under the weather. While this cough seems to be killing me, I'll live. Death of Marat was painted by Jacques -Louise David, Paul Marat's friend and fellow revolutionary. Paul suffered from a skin disease so spent most of his time in the bathtub writing oratories for the people's newspaper, while David okayed a lot of executions of the French aristocracy, including Louie. You can read about it here: www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/his/CoreArt/art/neocl_dav_marat.html
This painting was done quickly. David was a busy guy.