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Antique Prints

The term "antique prints" characterizes books and printed matter of the 16th and 17th centuries. With the invention of the letter press by Gutenberg, "antique prints" became prevalent and established themselves more and more. In book form, "antique prints" took on the form they still have today: title page, printing reference, and page numbers, which were often artfully decorated. Particularly in connection with the Reformation, "antique prints" played an important role: in this way, for example, the Luther Bible was published. Because of the new medium, a broad segment of the population could be reached so that the writings became an important opinion-building element. The fact that artists also serve as publishers is shown by Cranach, who among other things illustrated and published the works of Luther.

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