St. Peter Museum of Inventors

Renaissance Era: Inventors and Inventions


This museum exhibits a few inventors of the renaissance era and some inventions they have made.

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Da Vinci and his inventions

Leonardo Da Vinci may well have been the greatest inventor in history, yet he had very little effect on the technology of his time. Da Vinci drew sketches and diagrams of his inventions, which he preserved in his notebooks, but either he lost interest in building them or was never able to convince one of his wealthy patrons to finance construction of his designs. As a result, almost none of Da Vinci's inventions were built during his lifetime. And, because he never published his diagrams, nobody else knew about them until his notebooks were discovered long after his death.

Gutenberg and his inventions

The printing press invented by German goldsmith Johann Gutenberg in 1448 has been called one of the most important inventions in the history of humankind. The device made it possible for the first time for the common man, woman and child to have access to books, which meant they would for the first time have unprecedented ability to accumulate knowledge.

Filippo Brunellesch

The origins of the spring-driven clock are almost as obscure as those of the weight-driven clock. Evidence suggests that the idea came from Italy. In the early 1400s, Filippo Brunelleschi and others designed spring-driven devices that made the invention of the portable timekeeper possible.One of the devices was the fusee, a cone-shaped spindle that equalizes the diminishing force of a coiled spring as it unwinds. Increasingly ornate and always expensive, these early clocks were regarded as objects of curiosity, owned by a few wealthy individuals.