Monument Men and the Mystic Lamb
Using the new technique of "perspective", Jan van Eyck has created a series of paintings that are installed as an altarpiece for the Saint Bavo Cathedral. Commissioned by the mayor of the town, the Ghent Altarpiece or Adoration of the Mystic Lamb is framed on doors with hinges. The hinged doors have paintings on both sides so that they can be displayed in various combinations depending on the religious holiday. Jan's work is astonishing and is considered his best, though even his mundane work is amazing. In these days, artists are considered craftsmen and when the nobility want to know whether a long-distance bride will make a good match, they send artists such as Jan to paint the potential bride's portrait so that the family can make an informed decision. His realistic paintings draw the line between the flat-portraits of the past and real renaissance art.    
The Baccalaureate Service
College graduates are presumed to be clergy though it is unlikely that the priesthood will be their ultimate vocation. The University of Oxford has instituted the baccalaureate service. Graduates of the university must deliver a sermon in Latin at church. The sermons are sometimes as long as 4 hours so it is not clear how much worship is going on. The medieval scholastic method consists of absorbing various points of view on a subject and resolving differences through a series of logical points. Such a sermon might turn on a small detail that leads to a larger, more profound point. Although the subject is often a religious one, the method used is the same as any secular logical exercise. The skills needed for both are largely the same.    
This Year in Wikipedia
Year 1432, Wikipedia.
- Edsel, Robert M. with Witter, Bret. The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History. New York: Center Street. 2009. (BOOK) Quote: "Hitler knew it was impossible to steal renowned masterpieces on the scale of the Ghent Altarpiece without drawing the condemnation of the world. While he had the conqueror's mentality, he believed he was entitled to the spoils of war, and he was determined to have them -- Hitler and the Nazis had gone to great lengths to establish new laws and procedures to "legalize" the looting activities that would follow. This included forcing the conquered countries to give him certain works as a term of their surrender."
- Ghent Altarpiece - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Jan van Eyck - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Saint Bavo Cathedral - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- The Monuments Men (Film) - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- What is a Baccalaureate Service? (with pictures), WiseGeek.com, 2014 [last update]
- Baccalaureate service - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Miller, Barbara. Baccalaureate services remain a popular tradition - PennLive.com. 2014 [last update]
- Hopkins, Jasper. (translator) Nicolas of Cusa's Early Sermons: 1430-1441. Loveland, Colorado: Arthur J. Banning Press. 2003. ISBN 093806052X (PDF)