The Madonna with Saint Giovannino.

Do these 15th Century Paintings Show Evidence of UFOs?

Do 15th-century paintings depict what we today call Unidentified Flying Objects?


There are numerous paintings created hundreds of years ago with enigmatic and unexplained objects incorporated by artists. Still, this painting from the 15th century is considered by many experts an incredible artwork that may depict a UFO.

It would seem that in the distant past, people witnessed an incredible aerial phenomenon that they could not explain but considered important enough to portray in some of the most important paintings created in the last 500 years.


A painting called “The Madonna with Saint Giovannino,” created in the 15th century, is, without a doubt, one of the most enigmatic ancient paintings ever created by man. It is an ancient painting that, according to many, depicts a mysterious Disc-shaped UFO hovering in the sky and is considered by many people as the ultimate vehicle that during millennia, humankind was visited by highly advanced alien civilizations.

The enigmatic painting was created by Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-1494) and is currently located on display at the Loeser collection in the Palazzo Vecchio. In the painting, we can clearly see that above Mary’s right shoulder, the artist painted what appears to be a flying object, an unidentified flying object.

Below this incredible scene, we can observe a man clearly looking at the mysterious object in the sky.

Located on the right side of the painting, we see a man holding his right arm above his eyes, with which the artist made sure to send a message that this object was very bright. To the left of the image, we can see an object that looks like the sun in the upper corner.


This means that the artist painted this disk-shaped object, giving it a shiny detail, and he made sure to illustrate it to the right of the sun so we know this bright object cannot be confused for the sun; this disk-shaped object does not look like your ordinary cloud, so if it is not the sun nor a cloud what could it possibly be?

Ufologists and many authors argue that this painting clearly indicates that ancient humankind witnessed a mysterious phenomenon in the sky hundreds of years ago, which they could not explain. Similar UFOs can be seen in other paintings ranging from the 1400s to the late nineteenth century.

The painting Crucifixion of Christ located at the Visoki Dečani Monastery. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
The painting Crucifixion of Christ is located at the Visoki Dečani Monastery. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

But just like “The Madonna with Saint Giovannino, there are other extraordinary paintings all around the world. Another incredible example is, without a doubt, located at the Visoki Dečani monastery in Kosovo: The Crucifixion of Christ.

Another painting that we find extremely interesting is “The Annunciation,” painted by Carlo Crivelli. In his painting “The Annunciation,” several objects stand out from the rest of this extremely detailed piece of art. In particular, one object can be seen in the sky, out of which a mysterious beam of light is emerging.

Is it possible that paintings such as the Madonna with Saint Giovannino, The Crucifixion of Christ, and The Annunciation are, in fact, evidence of otherworldly visitations?

Is it possible that artists observed these mysterious objects in the skies in the distant past and decided to include them in paintings that today are considered of extreme value?


Interestingly, thousands of years before these paintings were created, ancient humankind depicted in caves worldwide similar objects with humanoid figures that remain unexplained by mainstream scholars.

Are these paintings the ultimate evidence of otherworldly visitations? And if so, how much can they influence religion?

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Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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