“Renaissance Scientists, Inventors and Engineers Made Little Practical Progress”

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“Renaissance scientists, inventors and engineers made little practical progress” (a) Explain how far sources 1-7 support this interpretation. You may, if you wish, amend the interpretation or suggest a different interpretation. If you do this you must use the sources to support the changes you make. (35) The Renaissance era is highly celebrated in terms of its works of art by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo, however developments and understanding of science, engineering and remarkable inventions stemmed, forming a new insight into Renaissance developments. In my view, sources 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7 do not support this interpretation; in fact most of them imply the opposite. All five of these sources actually show developments and progress. Whilst sources 2 and 5 show the practical work and physical understandings from the works of Leonardo da Vinci and Vesalius, which was indeed also showed a range of skills such as mathematics and proportion, but this was also ideal in actually visually promoting the ideas of these iconic figures. Furthermore, in order for these drawings and sketches to be shared, source 7 shows how this was made possible by the invention of the printing press during the 1440’s, but then showing its significance in a painting in which the scene takes place in Venice in 1490. We learn from other background knowledge that the invention of the printing press was a turning point, it enabled books, scripts, drawings to not only become published, but also to be shared on a more global level as well as being physical proof which allowed for generations of improvements such as some of Galen’s previous work to then later be corrected by Vesalius’s drawings and explanations. Sources 2 and 5 show us the improvements in terms of quality and attention to detail such as proportion, also with the increasingly popular production of the printing

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