On this work, the original album cover art design is at centre. Parts of it are mirrored on the left and on the right. The main idea to give emphasis to the eyes in the finished work is manifest
with the addition of the eyes on both sides of the album cover art. The whole work was finished with craquelure.
Artist Mark Ryden went all out on the symbolism for the album cover of Michael Jackson’s 1991 album, Dangerous.
The cover features Jackson peering from behind a circus-inspired foreground. On the right sits a dog wearing the
crown and robe of Napoleon on His Imperial Throne, while a bird king sits on the left.
Possible Illuminati symbols include the all-seeing eye above exit of the Old Mill-type ride. The animals who enter
the ride between two Masonic columns with a pirate skull and bones above emerge dead on the other side while a
young Michael and another kid with a ‘M’ on his t-shirt survive. The world is depicted upside down from how it is
The elephant has a ‘9’ on its forehead.
The ringmaster has a ‘7’ on his top hat.
It’s difficult to interpret all the meanings of all the symbols used on the cover of Dangerous, especially since the
artist routinely uses tons of symbolism in his work.
The old man at the bottom had been identified as PT Barnum, Aleister Crowley, and Adam Weishaupt. In my
opinion, he definitely looks like Barnum. Illuminati Symbols
Paris Jackson gets her dad's album cover tattooed on her arm. She was only 11 years old when her father died in
2009. Vanity Fair
This is the original album cover art design.
Original album cover artwork by Mark Ryden. Album produced by Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Bill Bottell
and Bruce Swedien. Epic, Sony 1991.
Robert Christgau gave Dangerous a grade of A-, saying it was Jackson's "most consistent album since Off the
Wall". Alan Light of Rolling Stone described Jackson as "a man, no longer a man-child, confronting his well-
publicized demons and achieving transcendence through performance." Stephen Thomas of AllMusic
described the album as "a much sharper, riskier album than Bad." Dangerous received four Grammy
nominations including three for Jackson including Best Pop Vocal Performance for 'Black or White', as well
as Best R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song for 'Jam', while Teddy Riley and Bruce Swedien won the
Grammy for Best Engineered Album - Non Classical. wikipedia
(B) She Drives Me Wild - Remember the Time - Can't Let Her Get Away - Heal the World
(C) Black or White - Who is It - Give in to Me
(D) Will You Be There - Keep the Faith - Gone Too Soon - Dangerous