Aliens in Art?

Whilst further researching the subject of 2012, I got a little side-tracked into the issue of aliens. As you are probably aware, some of the alien lobby are hanging their hats on 2012 as being a significant date.

Could it be that aliens and UFOs have been visiting us for millennia and even abducting people and are they planning to return to Earth during the Winter Solstice of 2012, as some believe? Well, personally, I don’t think so.

All of the evidence I have ever seen concerning the existence of aliens has always been unconvincing. But that brings me right to the heart of this post because, during my research, I came across a number of paintings that were cited as evidence for the proposition and, at least at first glance, you have to admit, they do look very convincing.

Do these Paintings Depict UFOs?

  • The Madonna with Saint Giovannino by Filippo Lippi (1449-1494)
  • The Baptism of Christ by Aert De Gelder (1710)
  • The Annunciation with St Emidius by Carlo Crivelli (1430, 1494)

The Picture at the top of this post is Crivelli’s Annunciation. You can use the above links to view the other examples. As you can see, in the top left there is a disk in the sky beaming down a ray of light (or spirit) onto the head of Mary.

The supposed UFO in the Madonna paining appears in the sky, over her left shoulder. If you look carefully, you can see a man and his dog are both looking skyward at it. Of the three, I find it the least convincing. But, you have to admit that the disks in both the Baptism of Christ and The Annunciation do look something like the conventional idea of a UFO. So are they UFOs or is there some other explanation?

Well, just as Von Daniken used images of apparent spacemen that were well known to scholars to have more terrestrial explanations, so too are there more conventional explanations for these disks. Conventional wisdom suggests that the apparent UFOs are simply religious icons. Scholarly opinion suggests the apparent UFO in Baptism of Christ painting is actually a divine dove with an elliptical halo.

Perhaps that’s not as exciting, but it is probably a lot more likely 😉

What do you think?

One thought on “Aliens in Art?

  1. Val.S.

    In the biblical story of the annunciation, it states that the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and said “… you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.”

    In the account of the Baptism of Christ, it states that “the heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form, as a dove…”

    Nowhere do I see reference to disks beaming light from the sky. Or aliens. Unless of course, doves and angels are aliens?

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