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Matthias Quast, born in Heidelberg (Germany), studied history of art, town planning and Italian philology at the Universities of Munich, Bonn and Paris.

PhD in history of art in 1988 with a thesis on Villa Montalto in Rome, a study which explored the story of a 16th century complex which was lost in the 19th century, tracing its vicissitudes during contemporary urban development. In 1988 he began work on a research project into the churches of Siena (Die Kirchen von Siena) promoted by the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence. Between 1990 and 1997 he was an associate lecturer at the University of Munich. From 1993 to 1998 he was assistant professor and coordinator of ERASMUS at the University of Heidelberg’s history of art department. Between 1999 and 2002 he undertook a research programme at the Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max Planck Institute of Art History) in Rome. In 2002 he taught history of architecture at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. Since 2004 he has been affiliated to the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence (Max Planck Institute; Since 2007 he teaches at Augsburg University of Applied Sciences. In 2008 he was elected member of the Accademia Spoletina. Current projects include the creation of a data base for the facades of Siena’s ancient city centre ( and the creation of an archive of digital images of Italian architecture.

Publications include works on the architecture of Italian villas, Roman town planning in the late 16th century and architecture in Siena.