Album Use Your Illusion Milik Guns N Roses. FOTO/ GEFFEN
NEW YORK – It has been revealed that the figures in Guns N Roses’ Use Your Illusion album were actually based on details of the painting “The School of Athens” by the Italian Renaissance painter, Raphael.
This painting depicts ancient Greek philosophers and scientists, including Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, and Pythagoras.
This album’s logo shows the figures of Plato and Aristotle discussing, which are inscribed on the album covers of Use Your Illusion I and II.
The album cover was designed by artist Mark Kostabi, who is a close friend of Guns N’ Roses. Kostabi said that he was inspired by “The School of Athens” because the painting represented “freedom of thought and intellectual exploration”.
He wants this album to reflect the message of the album “Use Your Illusion”, which is a conceptual album that explores themes such as truth, justice and the meaning of life.
The albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II were originally released simultaneously on September 17 1991. After its release, the album Use Your Illusion I occupied No. 1 position. 2 and the album Use Your Illusion II took No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart simultaneously.
Both albums also achieved success in CD form. It is estimated that the two achieved sales of over 685,000 and 770,000 in the first week of release.
The success of the album Use Your Illusion I and the album Use Your Illusion II then boosted sales of their singles entitled Don’t Cry and November Rain.
The single November Rain November Rain even managed to occupy third place on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent 30 weeks on the chart.