UFOs in Art

UFOs in Art

Examples abound of art from the medieval and renaissance periods which supposedly and sometimes apparently show some knowledge and / or awareness of ufos / E.T.s etc.  Some art historians will point out, however, that interpretations of certain pieces of art as showing evidence of ufos or aliens, are flawed and do not take into account the context of the art as well as the period in which it was produced. There are some examples where this may be correct. It is always interesting to me how some mainstream scholars can be so quick to dismiss the ufo phenomenon, evidence of it in history etc. Having said that there undoubtedly cases where to read ufos into a work of art seems to be a bit of a stretch. And although in some cases there may be some misinterpretation going on, there are particular works of art where misinterpretation or lack of knowledge of context or the history of art cannot explain away what looks to be representations of flying vehicles and / or unusual activity in the skies.

One example where it is argued that reading ufos into medieval art is an uninformed misinterpretation is the case of a 14th century fresco of the Crucifixion, in the Visoki Decani Monastery in Kosovo.

The Crucifixion Decani Monastery



In this fresco, the two objects on either side of Christ do actually look like manned flying vehicles of some kind. In context, representations of Christ being crucified from this time often and quite usually have a depiction of the sun on one side and the moon on the other, often anthropomorphized versions of each with a face or something like that. So in that context the opinion of the traditional art historian makes sense. But I think we can take it a step further and say ok fine the artist was staying within tradition putting the sun and the moon in the depiction of the crucified Christ but instead of making just a sun with a face and a moon with a face, the finished product looks like a a couple of guys driving vehicles of some kind and maybe that was just an accident, or maybe it wasn’t. I think we could still make that argument.

There are many examples where UFOs or other E.T. related phenomena have seemingly been spotted in medieval and renaissance works of art. In the Annunciation with Saint Emidius, by Carlo Crivelli, 1486, the circle of clouds in the sky is noted for its similarity to the common 20th century representation of a UFO we’re all pretty familiar with, with the ray of light beaming down to the head of Mary. The traditional art historian, for example in this article, is likely to scoff at this idea citing “iconographic language that modern viewers no longer understand” and the fact that many depictions of the Annunciation at this time also use a circle of clouds with a ray of light beaming down to show divine power.  Obviously in the context of the history of art this is a great point but what if it’s not quite that simple? This is a little out there but I’ll say it. What if during medieval and renaissance times it was not uncommon to not make the distinction between what one today might call “God” or “gods” and what one today might call aliens or E.T.s? The naysayers will say there is not evidence that people saw ufos during this time in history (which is not exactly true) but even so how do we know that people were not seeing ufos similar to the ones sometimes seen today. We don’t know that.

Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John

The Miracle of the Snow c.1428


Scenes of Monastic Life c. 1460 – 1465

Is there any art in relatively recent history, medieval or renaissance, where symbolism, context, religious imagery or similar things cannot account for what looks to be depictions of strange activity in the sky and / or ufos? Are there any other examples of what might be considered “art” or expression of the culture at the time, or visual representation of an event, that show any kind of awareness of uunidentified flying objects or unusual activity in the sky?  There are some examples. One is a woodcut from 1566 showing activity in the sky in the early hours of August 7, 1566, Basel, Switzerland. Samuel Coccius wrote in the city’s gazette that,”at the time when the sun rose, one saw many large black balls which moved at high speed in the air towards the sun, then made half-turns, banging one against the others as if they were fighting a battle out a combat, a great number of them became red and igneous, thereafter they were consumed and died out”.

and Nuremberg, 1561,

“At dawn of April 4, in the sky of Nuremberg (Germany), a lot of men and women saw a very alarming spectacle where various objects were involved, including balls “approximately 3 in the length, from time to time, four in a square, much remained insulated, and between these balls, one saw a number of crosses with the color of blood. Then one saw two large pipes, in which small and large pipes, were 3 balls, also four or more. All these elements started to fight one against the other.” (Gazette of the town of Nuremberg).

Starry Night UFO Cow Art Print,  from Etsy shop Sagittarius Gallery


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