Whether you are a true believer in intelligent extraterrestrial life or foam at the mouth when you hear U-F-O, these paintings might have interest. Note: I have no dog in the fight. I'm open-minded on the topic and have no strong opinions about ETs and UFOs, etc. Apparently UFO sightings, however you interpret them, are mentioned in the Bible. For instance Elias' departure from earth in a fiery chariot in 2Kings 2.11 (King James). Many folks think the fiery chariot was a UFO. Anyway, the sightings were common enough in Renaissance times that many painters featured them as heavenly conveyances in their represenations of Bible stories. And the paintings here haven't been tricked up by recent hoaxers. These pictures have resided in great churches and private collections for generations and centuries and more recently in public museums .
The first is The Annunciation by Carlo Crivelli in the late 1400s. The three that follow the cut are:
-de Manicale's "Miracle of the Snow" from the early 1400s, Ghirolandaio's "Madonna and the Infant Jesus and the Infant St. John the Baptist" from the Late 1400s (see above her left shoulder) and a "Madonna and Child" by Aert de Kerker from 1710.