Last Update: 09.06.1996
Born 1956 in Heidelberg, studied art history at the universities of Munich, Bonn, and at Sorbonne, Paris. PhD with Professor Christoph L. Frommel on the Roman villa of Pope Sixtus V (Villa Montalto). 1988 to 1993 scholar at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence; collaboration at the research project Die Kirchen von Siena (The Churches of Siena). Teaching at the University of Munich. Since 1993 assistant professor at the Department of Art History of the University of Heidelberg.
Mitverfasser von "S. Caterina del Paradiso", "S. Chiara" und "SS. Crocifisso" in Die Kirchen von Siena, Band 2.1, München: Bruckmann, 1992, S. 10-15, 84-86, 106-117, 308-311.
"Le piazze di S. Maria Maggiore, Termini e del Laterano nell'ambito della progettazione sistina", in Sisto V, Atti del VI Corso Internazionale di Alta Cultura, Roma-Marche, ottobre 1989, Band I, Roma e Lazio, Rom: Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, 1992, S. 461-478.
"Zur Planung römischer Villenanlagen der zweiten Hälfte des Cinquecento: Die Organisation des Terrains", in: Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, XXXVIII, Heft 2/3, S.246-279
The changing of the aspect of Siena between the Quattrocento and the Settecento. The study examines the image of Siena as an exclusivly medieval city. On the one hand, there is a group of buildings like the cathedral, the Palazzo Pubblico, and some family palaces which preserve their gothic aspect. On the other hand, however, a continous transformation of the façades in general aims to modernize the city, extinguishing medieval traces. The study concerns forms, laws, and motives of this changement.
A contribution to the project The Churches of Siena studies a group of seven architectural drawings of Baldassarre Peruzzi, published by Heinrich Wurm in 1984. The drawings are differently elaborated plans of the Siena Cathedral. They show the attempts of Peruzzi to complete the unfinished Duomo Nuovo substituting the hexagon for a new, huge cupola.
Kunsthistorisches Institut Heidelberg