Steampunk features 19th century technology, complete with lots of steam engines. It is inspired by the Industrial-Revolution, Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian periods of England, and was the first of the alternate-punk genres to appear.
Before the industrial revolution, the machine of the agricultural society was only a practical tool, and it was far from being able to step into the hall of aesthetics.
Classical aesthetics pays more attention to the beauty of pure harmony, which is a kind of beauty belonging to God and an eternal beauty. It is impossible to talk about aesthetic in the simple and bold artifacts. The Renaissance was a turning point. Artists such as Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Dürer had far more love for man-made mechanical devices such as airplanes and submarines than the functionality developed, and rose to the aesthetic level. Denying God, affirming oneself, human beings’ affirmation of themselves also brings about the affirmation of their own creation.
In Assassin’s Creed 2, the protagonist takes the flying machine made by Da Vinci.
Airships, goggles, gears, clocks, keys.