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Images and the Bible

Images and the Bible were the two central elements of communication during the Reformation. Letterpress printing provided a way to distribute images and texts very quickly for the very first time. The Bible began to replace the clergy as the only institution for salvation. Since it had been translated, it now became public access for everyone who knew how to read. While other reformers rejected the idea of using images of saints for religious purposes, Martin Luther considered it to be of great educational value and thus justifiable. So he came together with the artist Lucas Cranach in his workshop where they created a language based on images to convey his ideas of the Reformation to those who were unable to read. The Reformation started a whole new method of image production. Lucas Cranach portrayed the reformers and illustrated their texts. The paintings, pamphlets and printings from his workshop made sure that the reformers and their mindset were distributed further and further.