Renaissance technology

Renaissance technology is the set of European artifacts and customs which span the Renaissance period, roughly the 14th through the 16th century. The era is marked by profound technical advancements such as the printing press, linear perspective in drawing, patent law, doubl and Bastion fortresses. Sketchbooks from artisans of the period (Taccola and Leonardo da Vinci, example) give a deep insight into the mechanical technology then known and applied.

Renaissance science spawned the Scientific Revolution; science and technology began a cycle of mutual advancement.


  • Basic technology 1
    • Late 14th century 1.1
    • 15th century 1.2
    • 16th century 1.3
    • Early 17th century 1.4
  • Tools, devices, work processes 2
    • 15th century 2.1
    • 16th century 2.2
  • Technical drawings of artist-engineers 3
  • See also 4
  • Notes 5
  • Footnotes 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Basic technology

Some important Renaissance technologies, including both innovations and improvements on existing techniques:

Late 14th century

The arquebus and the musket.

15th century

The technologies that arose or developed in Europe during the second half of the 15th century were commonly associated by authorities of the time with a key theme in Renaissance thought: the rivalry of the Moderns and the Ancients. Three inventions in particular — the

Crank and connecting rod

Water-raising pump powered by crank and connecting rod mechanism (Georg Andreas Böckler, 1661)