Cosmo posted a new blog entry Signs of early visits from ET can be found in old paintings UFOs in old paintings isn't a new concept, but it's one of our favorite theories, and there is no shortage of examples: The Annunciation with Saint Emidius, 1486 The 'Annuciation with Saint Emidius' is a piece by Italian artist Carlo Crivelli, painted in 1486 and was crafted to commemorate the announcement by Angel Gabriel's to the Virgin Mary that she would give birth to Jesus. Theories suggest that the ring in the top left, shining a beam of light onto Mary, is a UFO. However, art experts say that it's a collection of angels gathered around a ring of clouds with the light representing the holy spirit descending towards the Virgin Mary. While we can vaguely make out the suggestion of angels, it's not apparent, and the symmetry and "feeling" one gets isn't that of a traditional divine presence. Illustration from 'Ume No Chiri', 1844 Urobune refers to a strange object discovered floating off the coast of the Hitachi province in Eastern Japan in 1803. According to the commentary alongside drawings of the craft, the object was made of glass and steel and was large enough to fit a small human inside. Within the craft, the sailors reportedly found a strange script which they could not decipher. Several investigations were conducted throughout the years, but nothing conclusive has ever been found. Glorification of the Eucharist, 1600 Italian Ventura Salimbeni's 17th century painting shows Jesus and God looking out over their kingdom. However, the strange, rounded object sitting between them resembles Sputnik satellite, launched over 350 years later by Russia in 1957. The object looks a little bit too uncanny for symbolic reference. If the sphere is meant to represent the universe, why did Ventura Salimbeni not include any stars or celestial objects? The Baptism of Christ, 1710 Created by Dutch artist Aert De Gelder in the 1700s, experts say that this work is a reference to Mark 1:10 in the Bible: "And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him." Theories suggest that the UFO-like object shining light onto John the Baptist and Jesus could be an extraterrestrial craft. Considering De Gelder’s status as one of the elite artists of his time, it is likely this work was intended to be taken literally. What do you think? Is every case of this just a coincidence, or is it possible that one of these is actually a depiction of what the artist saw or believed? See this post on the main site.