The paining in question is the “The Annunciation with Saint Emidius,” by Carlo Crivelli which dates back to 1486. In it, a strange object is seen in the skies firing down a beam to the Virgin Mary, supposedly impregnating her with Jesus Christ. While the thin laser-like light was meant to stem from a formation of angels, conspiracy theorists claim it is a UFO firing the beam, and is more proof of ancient aliens.
Conspiracy theorists claim that Jesus was not divine, but was actually sent by a different race from another planet.
The website Listverse states: “Their belief is that Jesus was not divine at all. Instead, it was the result of genetic engineering and the implanting of a child into the unsuspecting Immaculate Conception.
“Supposedly, she was abducted and impregnated by an alien race.They argue that the beam of light striking Mary while she is indoors is consistent with modern-day alien abductions.
“Many people who claim to have been abducted state that they were inside their homes when a strange light shone from outside the buildings.”
However, computer scientist Jacques Vallee told Huffington Post that the painting is fictional, and there is no way the artist would know what is in the skies at the time of the supposed conception of Christ as it was painted almost 1500 years later.
He told Huffington Post: “It’s certainly true that these paintings do not represent actual sightings by the artist or contemporary events of the scene.”
This is not the first time an alien claim has been made about an ancient painting.
Painted on the walls of the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Georgia is an 11th century portrait of Christ.
The fresco painting shows Christ being crucified with a large crowd gathering around him, but in the top left and right corners are what appear top be flying crafts or some form of advanced technology which humans clearly would have not have had 2000 years ago.
The ships are dome like, with three trails coming out of each which look like a propellant of some kind.
Art historians who have studied the 11th century painting claim that the strange crafts actually represent guardian angels, however.