The Miracle of the Snow by Masolino da Panicale. Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary observe Pope Liberius, who marks in the legendary snowfall the outline of the basilica.
The Miracle of the Snow by painter Masolino da Panicale depicts the legend of snowfall that occurred in Rome on a hot summer’s day in August (fourth century).
While the townsfolk were investigating this very unusual weather, Jesus and Mary are sitting on a cloud? Over-looking over the scene. It could be argued that the cloud depicts Heaven, there are many disc-shaped “clouds” filling much of the sky behind Jesus and Mary’s cloud?
Would an artist who has paid attention to detail in every other aspect of his work paint a cloud in such a simplistic way? UFOlogists tend to think not and suggest that these clouds are UFOs that may have once been part of the legend.
This theory has some credibility because UFO activity has been linked to strange turns in the weather at times. For example, on October 27, 1954, several egg-shaped craft were seen flying in the afternoon in Florence.
At one point, they came to a halt over a football stadium as if observing the events below. Many witnesses described a “silver glitter” that appeared to fall from the sky as the strange objects flew overhead.
The glitter looks similar to snowflakes when examined on the ground.