My recent "involuntary memory." Caravaggio's "The Calling of Saint-Matthew." Description of the paining from the blog: Zeitgeist sic itur ad astra ("thus to the stars"). Click here to read: (http://duluxdreams.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/caravaggio-the-calling-of-st-matthew/)
Caravaggio - Death of the Virgin 1606 - The model Caravaggio used for central figure of the virgin was actually a dead prostitute dragged up from Rome's river Tiber. It caused great controversy at the time, but none could deny the genius of the young artist. I used the central figure myself for one of my illustrations.