Many paintings between 14th and early 18th century depict different, unusual aerial objects that look very similar to modern-day UFOs at first glance. It’s just normal to wonder why artists in these times appeared to be obsessed with these objects that they included them in scenes surrounding the stories of Jesus Christ’s birth and death.
For example, the mural or fresco from 1350, “The Crucifixion,” at the Visoki Decani Monestary in Kosovo, the unknown artist included two strange-looking objects with apparent pilots in the sky on both sides of Jesus.
The details in the upper right and left portions of the Kosovo fresco may refer to something readily familiar to modern eyes – the sun and the moon. The two celestial bodies are somewhat personified by two crouching figures, creating a man in the moon effect.
Another painting from 1946 “The Annunciation with Saint Emidius,” by Carlo Crivelli, at the National Gallery in London, shows a circular object making a thin beam of light down to the Virgin Mary.
The reasons for this could be the form of symbolism the artists were trying to depict, but why these things crop up in so many works of art from these times.
Computer scientist Jacques Vallee said that “It is true that these paintings don’t represent actual sightings by artists or contemporary events of the scene.” Valle and co-author Chris Aubeck will publish an extensive update to their book “Wonders in the Sky,” which goes in depth into reports of mysterious aerial objects reported by several people starting in 1879, and moving backward to biblical sightings.
Vallee said: “The value of it, scientifically, is that now we can anchor the beginning of the UFO phenomenon into real, documented history.”
“You can’t only say that, because somebody spotted something circular in the sky during medieval times, it’s a similar phenomenon that people see today. We are not making that statement. We’re merely describing what people saw and the events associated with it to contribute the comprehensive study of the history of the event.”
“I think the skeptics are correct in stating that many of the accounts have to do with things that, in recent times, we recognize as comets, meteors, or other natural phenomena. And that is fair. We go through that and remove those and we keep the ones that are unidentified,” Vallee said.
“We do not go into ideology. We are not saying it is proof of alien. We’re saying there is a phenomenon, and it has some characteristics of the modern phenomenon, and we let it go at that. You still have to account for various depictions because of the changes in cultures and media, through which the data has arrived at us.”
A 15th-century painting “Madonna and Child with the Infant St. John” at the Palazzo Vecchio Museum in Florence, Italy, shows Mother Mary looking down while something strange is taking place in the background.
On another painting, a man can be seen with his dog standing on a ledge looking up what appears to be a domed UFO.
Lastly, the painting from 1710, “Baptism of Jesus,” by Arendt de Gelder, shows a large, round object making beams of light down to Jesus.