UFOs in Renaissance paintings

UFOs in Renaissance paintings

In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Western civilization created the most outstanding works of art. Even today's young artists take these paintings as role models.

Many of these paintings are devoted to religious themes, which was typical of the art of that era. Some of these paintings depict strange objects resembling flying saucers, laser beams, and people in spacesuits against the backdrop of religious events, such as the birth or crucifixion of Jesus.

"The Madonna of the Holy Cross. John", Domenico Ghirlandaio, XV century. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

"The Madonna with Saint Giovannino", Domenico Ghirlandaio, XV century. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Among such paintings is "Madonna with Saint Giovannino (The Madonna with St. John the Baptist)". By Domenico Ghirlandaio, painted in the 15th century (see illustration), which is now in the Palazzo Vecchio Museum in Florence. It shows the Madonna with the baby Jesus, in the background is a figure of a man with a dog, looking at an object in the sky, which is very similar to a flying saucer, emitting energy.

Annunciazione con sant'Emidio

Annunciazione con sant'Emidio

Carlo Crivelli's painting "The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius" (1486), exhibited in the National Gallery of London, shows a round object emitting an energy beam.

This picture is often cited as an example by proponents of the hypothesis that the Earth was visited by UFOs in ancient times. Art critics and skeptics believe that this is only an artistic representation of God surrounded by angels.

People who believe that this is a UFO, claim that the appearance of flying saucers in ancient times could be perceived by people as a divine sign. Others say that these objects are just spiritual symbols and have nothing to do with flying saucers.

Veneration of the Infant Jesus by Vincenzo Foppa, 15th century. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Veneration of the Infant Jesus by Vincenzo Foppa, 15th century. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

In turn, supporters of the idea of UFOs cite other paintings with similar subjects, which depict angels and religious symbols. For example, the painting "The Reverence of the Infant Jesus" by Vincenzo Fopp is very similar in composition to "The Madonna with Saint Giovannino", including the figure of a man in the background, looking at the sky. Only in this case, he is looking at a light-emitting angel, not a flying saucer.

Fragments of the painting "The Crucifixion" by Alexander Paunovich.

Fragments of the painting "The Crucifixion" by Alexander Paunovich.

The 14th-century painting "Crucifixion" in the Visoki Decani Monastery in Kosovo depicts human figures inside an object that looks like a spaceship. Skeptics believe that the image of the Moon and the Sun is very common in paintings of this kind. The moon and the Sun were depicted as witnesses to the birth of Jesus. Therefore, a "spaceship" with figures of people inside can simply be the personification of the Moon and the Sun.

An engraving by Hans Glazer, illustrating the events that took place in Nuremberg, Germany, on April 14, 1561. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

An engraving by Hans Glazer, illustrating the events that took place in Nuremberg, Germany, on April 14, 1561. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

In the late Middle Ages, several paintings of a non-religious nature were created, depicting strange objects in the sky. One of them is an engraving by Hans Glazer, an illustration of the mystical events that took place in Nuremberg on April 14, 1561, when several objects moving across the sky fell to the Ground with heavy smoke. There were many witnesses present. A 1680 French badge depicts a round, wheel-like object resembling a UFO.

Proponents and opponents of the theory of ancient UFOs put forward arguments for and against. Perhaps in a few hundred years, when people watch the films of our time, it will also be difficult for them to understand the events shown in them.


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Serg Toporkov

Ufologist, Ph.D., blogger, I go on my own expeditions for UFOs. I use scientific methods to investigate the UAP phenomenon. Write to me


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