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originally posted by: Harte
Average people don't have any inkling of Art History, not that they should. Anyone that believes these are UFO depictions should stop for a minute and realize that, when these works were painted, people could write. It's well known among Art Historians what these "UFOs" actually represent. After all, people did write about them.
I encourage people to understand the genre of the 15th century woodcut, or “broadsheet”, which was the early predecessor of today’s newspaper, actually it is more accurate to say they were the predecessors to today’s Enquirer because they contained the news of the weird or violent, and they had no problem stretching the truth to sell a few copies, and nearly a quarter of them are astronomical phenomenon like auroras which are interpreted as signs from God, which I’m sure made them sell more copies.
originally posted by: bknapple32
a reply to: seattlerat
Your bottom painting has been in my mind since I was young. It started my belief in ufos. Thats not a star, thats not an asteroid or the sun or the moon. this is obviously a flying craft. TO paint that, took time and effort and its not on accident
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: TheAlleghenyGentleman
Unfortunately, most paintings with UAP's can be pigeon holed into some sort of religious context if tried hard enough.
The symbology is actually quite consistent.
Since they were painted centuries after the "actual" events, they can't exactly be considered accurate representations. Can they? Not eyewitness interpretations, are they? They are illustrations of stories from long ago, illustrations sanctioned by the Church.
originally posted by: jacygirl
I don't think any of us can decide exactly what the artist was trying to depict...something real or something symbolic.
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: Logarock
They may simply be trying to make a "modern" phenomena fit the context of old.
Of course they are. Obviously. Remove the context and viola! Spaceship!
originally posted by: Logarock
a reply to: jacygirl
Yea but this isnt modern art.....toss some paint on canvas willy nilly and claim deep abstract something or other.
This painting has a known context and known historical persons and events are represents which narrows it down considerably if you know what you are looking at. Knowing that also narrows down the possibility of meaning with the "flying craft" represented.
Returning to the above mentioned detail, the one that was interpreted as an UFO, we see that it is to be found in a great many "Nativities" of the '400 and '500. It is but the announcement to the shepherds, as told in St. Luke's Gospel:
«...and there were in the same country 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: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear ye not: for behold!, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you was born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord...»
The announcement to the shepherds as appears in the Nativity of Vincenzo Foppa (Detroit Institute of Arts)...