The painting named The Madonna with Saint Giovannino is a 15th century piece of art that has been causing a stir among Ancient Alien theorists for many decades now. Many ufologists firmly believe that there is some kind of UFO included in the picture’s skyline.
But this is not the only example of antique art depicting alien life – numerous other historical paintings also include strange objects in their skyline settings. Is this proof that aliens have been visiting us for centuries?
Let’s take a closer look…
Controversy – Who Painted it?
Domenico Ghirlandaio is most often credited with painting this strange piece of art that shows the UFO…but the true painter of The Madonna with San Giovannino is still in dispute.
Jacopo del Sellaio and Sebastiano Mainardi have in the past, both been linked to the painting. Mainardi was actually the brother-in-law of Ghirlandaio who learned everything he knew about art from him.
UFO or Religious Symbology?
So what is that strange flying object in the background of the picture? Why does it look so much like a UFO?
Many skeptics believe that there is a simple explanation for it’s inclusion in the picture. They believe it to be a representation of the gospel passage from the Gospel of Luke 2:8….
“Shepherds abiding in the field keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, an angel of the Lord come upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them”
The Florentine Renaissance period offered many paintings which included some form of ‘shepherd and dog’ nativity scene – frequently looking up at the sky towards a bright shining object. More often than not these objects are simply meant to be angels or stars.
But not everyone goes along with this biblical angle…
To be brutally honest – there are no wings or body to suggest that this is meant to be some sort of angel.
Is it really a painted experience of an ancient UFO encounter?
Is it a mistake that the artist made, and couldn’t be bothered to cover up (i.e. turned it into something else?)
Or is it simply misinterpretation and a lack of understanding of religious iconography throughout art history?
It’s worth remembering that until recently, the Catholic church has gone out of it’s way to shun scientific fact and the thought of life on other planets. Why would so many painters of religious contexts opt to include something that their faith does not believe in?
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