In his new book
: Andrea Palladio, Freemasonry and the Triumph of Minerva, Michael Trevor Coughlin provides an interpretive lens to explore how myth was used to encode sixteenth-century, Italian works of architecture and their frescoed interiors with Logos – providing powerful insights that promote a way of being in a world in which peace and freedom are the greatest hallmarks of society. Leaning heavily on the intersection between myth and philosophy, Coughlin convincingly argues Freemasonry began in the Italian city of Vicenza in 1546, offering fresh insight into the origin of Freemasonry, one of the most powerful and longstanding organizations in the world – one in the midst of a popularity and membership boom that is unprecedented.
Michael Trevor Coughlin, Ph.D. (2015), University of British Columbia, is Director of the Ventor Gallery on Salt Spring Island, teaches Art History, Latin, Calculus and Chemistry in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is also the author of
The Leaning Tower of Pisa.
This book will have great allure for the art and architectural historian, and well as anyone interested in Freemasonry, and the history of philosophy, religion and the occult. Keywords: Italy, architecture, painting, Freemasonry, history, Venice, Vicenza, Palladio, logos, myth, prudence, philosophy, Luther, Plato, literature.