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UFOs in ancient images:

A collection of representations of alleged UFOs before photography existed. Some of these images might disturb the skeptics who argue that UFOs started to be reported only recently and are due to science fiction imagery.



Painting from Flemish artist Aert de Gelder (1645-1727), Rembrandt disciple, supposed to show the baptism of Jesus in river Jordan, 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.

Oil on canvas, 48.3 x 37.1 cm. Given by Lord Alwym Compton, Bishop of Ely, 1905. Prov: Marianne, Countess of Alford, 1888.

Diego Cuoghi managed to see the painting in detail, and the very small thing at the center of the disc is a dove, confirminf the symbolic nature of what is thus not a UFO or flying disc.

Basel 1566


Drawing of a collective observation of UFOs over Basel in 1566.

The accompanying text tells the events of August 7, 1566: a group of circular flying objects appears to the stunned crowd in the skies over Basel, Switzerland, then rushes at great speed towards the sun.

Nürnberg 1561


Newspaper drawing of an observation of ufos over Nuremberg in 1561. An astonishing aerial battle over the terrified German city, some of the flying objects seem to have crashed around the city.



Painting from Carlo Crivelli (ca. 1430-ca. 1495), titled "The Annunciation with Saint Emidius. It 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.

But when researcher Diego Cuoghi published a version of better resolution of the painting's detail, it appeared that he was right, the disc shaped object is actually a circle of clouds containing of the circles of little angels figures:


Filippo Lippi


"The Virgin and Saint-John Infant", in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, attributed to the 15th Century school of Filippo Lippi, (ca. 1457-1504) In the background, the unexpected presence of a character pointing at an object flying in the sky.


Enlargements show an oval or discoid object with radiating gold spikes of light painted around its perimeter. In other words, what today would be called a UFO. A close-up of the upper left section of the painting shows an object in the sky, and below, a man and dog looking at the object.

Diego Cueghi says it is an angel because on other paintings of the Virgin and St John Infant a man is üaintied, pointing at an angel.


Details of a fresque entitled "The Crucifixion". They are located above the altar at the Visoki Decani Monestary in Kosovo.

Diego Cuoghi identified the UFO: it looks just like symbolic and personified representations of the sun and the moon in numerous other paintings of the time.


Val Camonica

4000 Av JC:

Paintings on stonewalls in Val Camonica, North Italy, showing beings seemingly wearing a glasslike helmet from which short rays are emitted.


3000 BC:

Three characters wearing some sort of helmet and large glasses, painted on the walls of a cave in Australia.


2000 CC:

A plate from Nepal, the decoration show a saucer-like shape and a large headed humanoid. The plate is sometimes confusingly taken as a dropa stonedisk, but it is a different object.

As of what the plate is, I learned from the author who published the image himself that it was a hoax, details here.


6000 BC:

In Jabbaren, in the Tassili mountains, Algeria, south of the Hoggar. A 6m high character with a large round decorated head. The massive body, the strange dressing, the folds around the neck and on the chest suggest some ancient time astronaut. A similar character is painted at Sfar in the Tassili, in the Cabro caves in France and in several other places. Some of them are much smaller and raise their hands towards a giant being, of non human appearance, sometimes these "round heads" being seem to hover in the air.

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