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UFOs and Extraterrestrials in Art History

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UFOs and Extraterrestrials in Art History

An unidentified flying object, often abbreviated UFO or U.F.O., is an unusual apparent anomaly in the sky that is not readily identifiable to the observer as any known object. Originally referred to popularly as “flying saucers” during the late 40’s, the term UFO became more widespread during the 50s at first in professional literature, but later in popular language. UFOs garnered considerable interest during the Cold War, an era associated with a heightened concern for national security.

Various studies, both governmental and civilian, have concluded that the phenomenon does not represent a threat to national security nor does it contain anything worthy of scientific pursuit, although there is disagreement. Culturally, the phenomenon has often been associated with extraterrestrial life or government-related conspiracy theories, and thus has become a popular theme in fiction.

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Location Date / Years Ago Comments
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Tanzania 29,000 years old These are two cave paintings from Tanzania. Both areestimated to be up to 29,000 years old. The one on the left is locatedin Itolo and depicts several disc shaped objects.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History The other painting is from Kolo shows four entities surrounding a women. Notice also the entity looking down from inside some sort of box or object.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History France 17,000 – 15,000 BC These two images are from France, the cave of “Pech Merle” near “Le Cabrerets” c.17,000 – 15,000 BC.The scene depicts a landscape full of wildlife togetherwith a number of saucer shaped objects. The objects seem totally out of context.
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UFO's and Aliens in Art History Toro Muerto, Peru 12-14,000 years old These two examples of rock art are from Toro Muerto, Peru 12-14,000 years old. Notice the beings have some sort of halo or covering over their heads. Also, in the right hand picture there is some sort of object left of the main being.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Val Camonica, Italy 10,000 BC This cave painting on the left is c.10,000 BC and is from Val Camonica, Italy. It appears to depict two beings in protective suits holding strange implements.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Nepal 7,000 B.C. 7,000 B.C. – The Lolladoff plate (right), discovered in Nepal, appears to show a hovering disk-shaped object in the center and a small being, resembling an alien resembling an alien gray, beside it. The circular pattern is reminescent of the spiraling movement of consciousness – Golden Ratio – Sacred Geometry of creation.
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Tassili, Sahara Desert, North Africa 6000 BC Two images c.6000 BC from Tassili, Sahara Desert, North Africa. Also notice the disk in the sky in left hand picture.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Sego Canyon , Utah 5,500 BC On the left, more strange looking figures (aliens) this time from Sego Canyon , Utah. Estimated up to 5,500 BC.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Querato, Mexico 5,000 B.C. This picture is a 7000 year old petroglyph discovered in the province of Querato, Mexico in 1966. You can see 4 figures with their arms outstretched below a large oval object radiating what appear to be beams of light.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Iraq 5000-4500 BC This photo on the left is of a number of reptilian entities found in Iraq. They are dated at 5000-4500 BC. They are housed in the British museum.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Kiev 4,000 BC This strange suited figure on the right was found in Kiev and I believe its dated to 4,000 BC.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Mesopotamia 5000 BCE – 4000 BC Figurines, Lizard-headed or Ubaid Style, clay, Ur (Ubaid culture), 5th millenium BCE, h:13.6 cm From the Ubaid – Southern Mesopotamian Period, 5000 BCE – 4000 BC. Found in Ur. The Ubaid culture succeeded the Halaf at the end of the 6th millenium BCE in southern Iraq, then spread throughout Mesopotamia. Ubaid culture is known for painted pottery; large houses of tripartite plan for extended families; and lizard-headed figurines of both male and female gender. Figurines such as the above examples are typical.The figure on the left holds a baby on her hip and suckles it. The figure on the righth as incised stretch marks on her abdomen. It has been suggested that the brown-painted dots and lines represent tatoos, and the clay pelletsscarring. It is unknown if the shape of the skulls represents actual head-binding.Similar Lizard-headed figurines have been found at Eridu.

Collon, Dominique. Ancient Near Eastern Art. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995, pg 46.

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UFO's and Aliens in Art History Kimberley, Australia 3,000 BC These are images from Kimberley, Australia (approximately 5,000 years ago). They are Australian Aborigine cave paintings. Aboriginal myths incorporate the idea of “sky-beings”, with the Wandjina being among the most interesting to consider. The Wandjina have been preserved in a fascinating oral tradition and in a large collection of rock paintings scattered throughout the Kimberley region of northern Australia. The paintings have received all manner of interpretations from stylized representations of a pervasive myth system to naive “ancient astronaut” theories. It is however fascinating to see that the indigenous tribes viewed the Wandjina as “the spirit in the cloud.” Indeed, the unique painting style shows a logical sequence from human figures to stylised representations of clouds. This duality of anthropomorphic form and “clouds” is widespread in primitive cultures and finds an interesting parallel in the biblical accounts in “Exodus.”
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UFO's and Aliens in Art History ? These petroglyphs were created thousands of years ago by ancient Indians in the American Southwest. According to Indian folklore, two objects collided high in the sky and one crash-landed in the region of Death Valley. Some men arrived (presumably in another ship) and spent some time repairing the damaged Craft and were observed by the local Indians. The two images below may possibly depict the ship (left) used by the men who came to repair the damaged craft. In comparing the two images, the one on the right seems to depict structural damage around the edges and the bottom. Could it be the one that allegedly crashed?
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Equador ? These photos on the left depict figures found in Equador. Notice they appear to be wearing space suits. You can see a comparison photo with an Apollo astronaut.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Egypt 2,600 BC In Egypt there exists a star clock for the Precession of the Equinoxes and an electric light bulb that dates to 2600 BC. An electric battery was discovered in a rock carbon dated approximately 500,000 years ago.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Jotuo ? This is an artistic reproduction of a relief found in a labyrinth on the island Jotuo in the Toengt’ing lake. An expedition took place in 1957 (two years before an earthquake in that region). The expedition was led by professor Tsj’i Pen-Lai. They found various reliefs showing “humans” in strange clothes which looked like astronaut suits (hose like objects attached to the clothes). They also found a painting which apparently resembled the solar system. The third and fourth circle (planet) were connected with a line. Also there were ten planets (excluding the sun as planet).
UFO's and Aliens in Art History China 1400 A.D. This is an old Chinese illustration from a fictional book entitled “Illustrated Survey of Weird Countries” (c.1400 A.D.) and had the following original caption: “Ji Gung Land: The people could make flying cars that travelled far with a suitable wind. In Tarng’s day (c.1700 B.C.), Ji Gung people flying a car on a westerley reached Yew Jo. Tarng dismantled their car so it could not be demonstrated to the people … Later an east wind came on which he had them fly the car back to their own country [5,000 km] west of our gateway.”
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Biblioteca, Vatican 700 This image depicts Mary at the tomb of Jesus. It is one of a series of images from the “Relinquary Box” which contains stones from holy sites of Palestine. Dated 6th-7th C. Located at Biblioteca, Vatican. Notice the dome shaped object above the tomb. If it is a building why is it hovering? Also, what is the round object on top?
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Japan 900 This illustration depicts a sighting of a burning wheel in the year 900 over Japan.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Japan 1,000 The image on the left comes from the 10th Century Tibetan translation of the Sanskrit text “Prajnaparamita Sutra”, held at a Japanese museum. In the enlargement you can see two objects that look like hats, but why are they floating in mid air? also one of them appears to have port holes on it. Indian Vedic texts are full of descriptions of Vimanas. The Ramayana describes Vimanas as a double decked, circular or cylindrical aircraft with portholes and a dome. It flew with “the speed of the wind” and gave forth a “melodious sound”.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Greece 1,200 The illustration on the left is entitled “The Birth of Christ” from a 12th century Greek manuscript “The Book of the Evangelists”. If you look to the right of the picture there two figures looking up at a semi-circular object with figures inside. The object appears to be shining a beam of light down onto the birth. One of the pair of observers is shielding his eyes, possibly the artist was trying to convey the brightness of the object.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History France 1,200 These images of two crusaders date from a 12th century manuscript ” Annales Laurissenses” (volumes/books about historical and religion events)and refer to a UFO sighting in the year 776, during the siege on Sigiburg castle, France. The Saxons besieged and surrounded the French people. They both were fighting when suddenly a group of discs (flaming shields) appeared hovering over the top of the church. It appeared to the Saxons that the French were protected by these objects and the Saxons fled.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History France 1,400 These two tapestries were created in the 14th century. Both depict the life of Mary. Hat shaped objects can be clearly seen in both tapestries. The one on the right was created in 1330. The one on the left is entitled “The Magnificat”. Both are located at the French basillica Notre-Dame in Beaune, Burgandy.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History France 1338 This image on the left comes from the french book “Le Livre Des Bonnes Moeurs” by Jacques Legrand. You can find this book in Chantilly Condé’s Museum ref 1338 ,297 part 15 B 8. Some people say that the sphere is a balloon but there was no balloon in france in 1338.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Yugoslavia 1350 The top picture on the left shows a fresco entitled “The Crucifixion” and was painted in 1350. Two objects with figures inside can be seen in the top left and top right of the fresco. Two enlargements of these objects are shown below the fresco. The fresco is located above the altar at the Visoki Decani Monestary in Kosovo, Yugoslavia.
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UFO's and Aliens in Art History Florence 1460 The painting on the left is by Paolo Uccello (1396-1475) and is entitled “La Tebaide” (painted c.1460-1465). The blown up picture to the right of it shows a red saucer shaped UFO seen near Jesus. It hangs in the Academy of Florence.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Italy 14th century This picture depicts Jesus and Mary on what appear to be lenticular clouds. The painting is entitled “The Miracle of the Snow” and was painted by Masolino Da Panicale (1383-1440) and hangs at the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Florence, Italy.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History ? 14th century Many paintings by Piero Della Francesca, including the picture on the left, “The Baptism of Christ” (1450), contain lenticular shaped clouds that many believe to be UFOs.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Italy 1500 This painting is called “The Madonna with Saint Giovannino”. It was painted in the 15th century by Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-1494) and hangs as part of the Loeser collection in the Palazzo Vecchio. Above Mary’s right shoulder is a disk shaped object. Below is a blow up of this section and a man and his dog can be seen looking up at the object.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Rome ? The picture on the left is a renaissance illustration of a UFO sighting in Rome detailed in a book “Prodigiorum liber” by Roman historian Julio Obsequens – “Something like a sort of weapon, or missile, rose with a great noise from the earth and soared into the sky”.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History ? Early 15th century The painting on the right is entitled “The Intercession of Christ and the Virgin”, early 15th century by Lorenzo Monaco. It depicts God in the sky with strange disc shaped clouds underneath. It is held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History ? 1465 1465 – Cigar shaped UFO – flaming girder seen in the sky during the reign of Enrico IV From Notabilia Temporum by Angelo de Tummulillis.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History 1486 This painting is by Carlo Crivelli (1430-1495) and is called “TheAnnunciation with Saint Emidius” (1486) and hangs in the National Gallery, London.A disk shaped object is shining a pencil beam of light down onto the crown of Mary’s head.
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UFO's and Aliens in Art History Belgium ? This is a painting on a wood drawer from furniture kept at the Earls D’Oltremond, Belgium. Moses is receiving the tablets and several objects in the sky are seen near by. Date and artist unknown. This supports the claims of many that many biblical events, can be further explained when ufos and aliens are taken into consideration, higher forms of technology could explain some of the events such as writing on stone with fire, parting the red sea, etc… higher forms of technology might explain how some of these feats were performed.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History 1490 This image is entitled “The Assumption of the Virgin” by ANON. Painted c.1490. Once again notice the discoidal clouds.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Greece 15th century This is a sketch of an untitled 15th century Italian fresco from Mount Athos, Greece . It depicts the Apostle John dictating the Biblical book of Revelation to a young disciple. In the upper lefthand corner is a segment of a glowing oval object from which a beam of light is aimed at the head of John. In the upper right hand corner is a typical disk-shaped object which is emitting a converging light beam. Maybe someone has an original of this fresco?
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Kiev 15th century This is a 15th century fresco from Kiev. Seems to show Jesus in a rocket type device.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Bruges 1538 This is a tapestry called Summer’s triumph and was created in Bruges in 1538. It now resides at the Bayerisches National Museum. You can clearly see several disc shaped objects in the top of the tapestry. Someone has speculated that they are islands, if so, then these islands are floating in the sky!
UFO's and Aliens in Art History 1557 The picture on the left is from a book entitled Prodigiorum Ac Ostentorum Chronicon by Conrad Lycosthenes (1518-1561). Basel: Henricpteri, 1557. It depicts a UFO sighting in Arabia in 1479. The book is held at the Australian Museum Research Library.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Nuremburg 15th century This image is of an actual sighting that occurred in Nuremburg on the 14th April 1561. It appeared in a local broadsheet and was a woodcut by Hans Glasser. The globes, crosses and tubes began to fight one another, and this went on for an hour. Then they all fell to earth, as if on fire, and faded slowly away producing a lot of steam. Afterwards a black spear-like object was seen, and the whole event was taken to be a divine warning. Held at the Wickiana Collection, Zurich Central Library.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Switzerland 1566 This broadsheet picture by Samuel Coccius illustrates a UFO sighting over Basel, Switzerland in 1566. ‘Large black Globes’ appeared in the skies. It is held at the Wickiana Collection, Zurich Central Library.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History San Pietro 1600 The painting on the right is by Bonaventura Salimbeni entitled “Glorification of the Eucharist”, painted in 1600. Notice the Sputnik satellite device. It hangs in the church of San Lorenzo in San Pietro. It is considered by some to be a stylised representation of the Earth but I have included it here as it still looks interesting.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Holland 1660 1660. The illustration depicts a sighting by two Dutch ships in the North Sea of an object moving slowly in the sky. It appeared to be made by two disks of different size. The source for this account is one of the books entitled :”Theatrum Orbis Terrarum” by Admiral Blaeu. These books were compilations of articles by different authors and consisted of detailed accounts of long engagements at sea, cartography information etc.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History France 16th century This is a French jeton minted in 1680, a coin-like educational tool that was commonly used to help people count money, or sometimes used as a money substitute for playing games. It is about the size of a U.S. quarter-dollar and similar to thousands of other jetons with different religious and educational designs that were produced and used in Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries. It appears to commemorate a UFO sighting of a wheel like object. Some researchers feel it represents the Biblical Ezekiel’s wheel. The Latin inscription ‘OPPORTUNUS ADEST’ translates as ‘It is here at an opportune time”.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Germany 1697 More wheels! This picture shows a UFO sighting over Hamburg, Germany 4 November 1697. The objects were described as “two glowing wheels”.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Mtskheta, Georgia 17th century This is a 17th century fresco and is located in the SvetishoveliCathedral in Mtskheta, Georgia. Notice the two saucer shaped objects either side of Christ.In the two blow ups, you can see they contain faces.
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UFO's and Aliens in Art History ? 1710 This image is by Flemish artist Aert De Gelder and is entitled “The Baptism of Christ” It was painted in 1710 and hangs in the Fitzwilliam Museum , Cambridge. A disk shaped object is shining beams of light down on John the Baptist and Jesus.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History ? 1742 This is a scan from vol. 42 of the Philosophical Transactions 1742 describing a sighting that occured on the 16th December 1742. Alongside is a contemporary reconstruction depicting the object with the colours described.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History England 1783 The illustration on the left depicts a sighting that occurred at 9.45pm on the evening of 18th August 1783 when four witnesses on the terrace of Windsor Castle observed a luminous object in the skies of the Home Counties of England. The sighting was recorded the following year in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. According to this report, witnesses observed an oblong cloud moving more or less parallel to the horizon. Under this cloud could be seen a luminous object which soon became spherical, brilliantly lit, which came to a halt; This strange sphere seemed at first to be pale blue in colour but then its luminosity increased and soon it set off again towards the east. Then the object changed direction and moved parallel to the horizon before disappearing to the south-east ; the light it gave out was prodigious; it lit us everything on the ground.; The image was captured in this by Thomas Sandby (a founder of the Royal Academy) and his brother Paul, both of whom witnessed the event.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Japan 1803 This is an illustration from a book “Ume No Chiri (Dust of Apricot)” published in 1803. A foreign ship and crew witnessed at Haratonohama (Haratono Seashore) in Hitachi no Kuni (Ibaragi Prefecture), Japan this strange object. According to the explanation in the drawing, the outershell was made of iron and glass, and strange letters shown in this drawing were seen inside the ship.
UFO's and Aliens in Art History Australia 1837 These are illustrations from a book by Lt. Grey. “Journals of Two Expeditions of Discovery in North-West and Western Australia 1837, 1838, & 1839”, He led an expedition in the 19th century to some caves near the Glenelg River region of Kimberley, Northern Australia. They are considered to be pre-aboriginal.

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