Here are some examples of art works that allegedly have
flying saucer or UFO images in them?
Would such art impact the memory and supposed sighting of a
UFO by a person who had seen such a painting or art work?
The idea is ludicrous on the face of it.
Firstly, the “thing” purported to be a UFO inserted into the
work by the artist is often so minute that it needs to be pointed out by
someone who catches the “detail” which has little or nothing to with the
subject matter of the painting or represents a symbol related to the painting’s
theme, as has been explained by art aficionados:
Secondly, the hoi polloi
(common folk) who typically report UFO sightings have rarely, if ever,
seen or looked at classic works of art, as those shown above.
Thirdly, Daniel L. Schacter in Searching for Memory: The
Brain, The Mind, and The Past [BasicBooks/HarperCollins, NY, 1996] details
how implicit memory requires an emotional commitment on the part of the person
viewing an art work, which I doubt the great unwashed (or anyone) has while
visiting an art museum.
(Also, a painter would not be invested in adding his or her
spotting of a strange thing in the sky to a painting that is not
representational of a real scene but is a rendering of a religious or mythical
So, I think we can assume, rightfully that imagery in
classic art works, resembling the common idea (today) of what a UFO looks like,
comes into play to account for a memory insertion by a UFO witness.
However, comic book imagery, movies, TV shows, and UFO
illustrations in magazines or newspapers, and advertising may account for the
representations that often are added to UFO reports, stemming from a memory
flux combining the observation of an odd thing in the sky with a memory of a
UFO (flying disk) image encountered in such media.