Elaine Kearse

The Invention Of Printing

The Renaissance was a very important part of Europe's history. This was also the re-birth of art and humanism. One very important aspect was the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg. Johannes Gutenberg was a goldsmith and business man from Germany. He was originally a miner, and then eventually starting borrowing money to make an invention. Ultimately, he invented the printing press in 1440. Johannes' invention would not have been invented had it not for his financial collaboration with a wonderful patron named Andreas Dritzhen. The printing press allowed people to transfer images or writing in the form of ink onto another sheet of paper. In short terms it basically made copies instead of repeatedly drawing or writing something. It eventually led to the first copied Bible. After the printing press was invented this led to further milestones such as, Niccolo Machiavelli's book, The Prince. This relates back to humanism because this allowed writers during the Renaissance to expand their writings by the hundreds or thousands instead of writing the whole book all over again. The printing press eventually led to further and more advanced technologies like the availability of Bibles in the church in peoples native language. Therefore people were able to read their Bible by themselves, without the help of clergyman. The printing press then lead to color printings in 1457 and then the 1499 there was printing established in 2500 cities.


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