: Andrea Palladio, Freemasonry and the Triumph of Minerva explores how myth was used to encode architecture and frescoed interiors with insights that promote peace, freedom and kindness as ways of being in the world. The author, Michael Trevor Coughlin argues that Freemasonry took root in the Italian city of Vicenza as early as 1546, and that its precepts, conveyed through the intersection of myth and philosophy, were disseminated widely in buildings and images, as well as texts, prescribing tolerance and an understanding of the divine that exists in each and everyone.
Michael Coughlin, Ph.D. (2015), University of British Columbia, is a practicing artist and teaches Art History, Latin, Chemistry and Calculus in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is also the author of
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, his first book of historical fiction about an artist in the court of Lorenzo de’ Medici.
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.