A painting commissioned by Michael Jackson in 1999 has just been revealed in a book about Jacksonâs life. In the painting Jackson strikes the same pose as Michelangeloâs statue of David with rippling abs, bulging pecs and smooth, marble-white skin â surrounded by a bevy of young male cherubs. The work, by artist David Nordahl, is just one of hundreds of private portraits the Gloved One ordered up over the years that depict him in an idealized light. Repeat after me â Michael Jackson was not a paedophile. Michael Jackson was not a paedophile. Michael Jackson was not a paedophile.