Thomas Cole: Painter of UFOs?
His angel-paintings are often overlooked or ignored by art aficionados as they bespeak a psychological quirk that art historians and lovers of art would prefer to dismiss.
But the Romantic "visions" that Thomas Cole produced indicate, to me, a mind-set that sees things not real to others but very real to them.
This is a mind-set that has "hallucinated" UFOs in our time but provided less technological hallucinations in earlier times.
Some flying saucer and UFO accounts that have ended up in the lore can be attributed to this mind-set or quirk, and seems to be neurological in nature.
Thomas Cole died relatively young (48 years) and had no outward signs of dementia or mental illness but art historians play down or eschew his angel paintings as they indicate an obsession they'd prefer to submerge.
Joseph Smith [December 23, 1805 – June 27, 1844], the founder of Mormonism lived in the same time frame and also said he saw angels (Moroni) who helped him establish the Church of Latter Day Saints.
For some reason, the age that begot these two men was ripe for such visions, hallucinations, or hoax-dreams.
Here are some of the allegorical paintings of Thomas Cole, with angels or bright splotches one might call UFOs: