ART fans are stunned by a 400-year-old painting of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit – which appears to be showing a Russian satellite.
Ventura Salimbeni created the Glorification of the Eucharist in 1595, however some conspiracy theorists claim that it involves modern technology.
Barmy’s social media users believe the Italian artist somehow traveled hundreds of years into the future – and added a clue to his work.
Some claim to have spotted the Russian satellite Sputnik-1 in the background of the painting, although it was launched back in 1957.
Conspiracy theorists look at a spiked blue sphere and say it eerily resembles the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth.
Although the claims were initially sneered at, even experts have admitted that the pair look “surprisingly similar”.
Steve Mera, chairman of the Manchester Association of Paranormal Investigation & Training (MAPIT), said: “You’re starting to find a lot of religious connotations related to the UFO phenomenon.”
“This painting was made in the 16th century and no one really knew what that painting was until we looked at Sputnik.”
He said Indy100 it had even led him to wonder if humans “had any knowledge of future events.”
Steve continued, “What’s really, really interesting is that it’s surprisingly similar to Sputnik, even to the point that there’s a little nub there (on Sputnik) and the exact same nub on the side there (on the object in the painting) there.” “
Religious adherents, however, insist that the detailed sphere was merely a symbol for the “globe of creation” seen in many Holy Trinity paintings.
It has been suggested that Salimbeni had combined elements of the sun and the moon in his depiction.
Nor is it the first time that modern devices have been spotted on historical paintings.
Conspiracy theorists have claimed to have spotted a woman in Ferdinand George Waldmüller’s work whose eyes were glued to an iPhone.
Although it was released two centuries before smartphones entered our lives, it caused a lot of people’s headaches.
Even former Apple CEO Tim Cook was caught by a similar incident after visiting a museum in Amsterdam in 2016.
He claimed to have noticed an iPhone in a 350-year-old piece of art on the wall.
Cook previously said at a conference, “I always thought I knew when the iPhone was invented, but now I’m not so sure.”
The tech giant first launched the iPhone in 2007.