Matthias Donath

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Matthias Donath (born April 19, 1975 in Freital ) is a German art historian , historian and author .


Matthias Donath studied art history, Christian and classical archeology at the Universities of Leipzig and Freiburg . In 1998 he received his doctorate with a dissertation on the architectural history of the Meissen Cathedral . He then worked as a trainee at the Berlin State Monument Authority . Donath has been working as a freelance historian, museum curator and book author of art historical publications since 2001. Since 2010 he has been the owner of the Niederjahna mansion near Meißen , which he has converted into a residence. Donath has been operating there since 2013 with Lars-Arne Dannenberg the “Center for Culture // History”, a research facility with an archive and library, which is dedicated to research, exhibitions, publications and other fields of activity, especially on the history of the Saxon nobility.

His scientific treatises mainly deal with Saxon history, in particular with building research on Saxon noble residences and castles, but also with the family history of Saxon noble families. Dresden and the architecture of National Socialism are further research focuses.

Since 2008 he has chaired the “Dombauverein Meißen e. V. “inside. He is also the chairman of the “Friends of the Schlösserland Sachsen” group founded in 2013. Donath is a member of the Historical Commission of the Saxon Nobility and the " Upper Lusatian Society of Sciences " and Knight of Honor of the Order of St. John .

Since 2015 he has been editor and publisher of Sächsische Heimatblätter together with Lars-Arne Dannenberg .

Publications (selection)

The city of Meissen with the Albrechtsburg Castle and the Meissen Cathedral on the Burgberg is one of Donath's research subjects


  • Red rafters on a blue background. The von Breitenbuch family (Breitenbauch) in Saxony and Thuringia (= nobility in Saxony, vol. 8th ed. By Lars-Arne Dannenberg and Matthias Donath.) Meißen 2016.
  • Black and gold: the von Watzdorf family in Thuringia, Saxony and Silesia. Adel in Sachsen, Vol. 6. Ed. By Lars-Arne Dannenberg and Matthias Donath. Meissen 2015.
  • Red-green lions. The von Schönberg family in Saxony. , Adel in Sachsen Vol. 4, ed. by Lars-Arne Dannenberg and Matthias Donath, Meißen 2014.
  • 100 years of Waldenburg Castle 1912-2012. Edited by the district of Zwickau. Zwickau 2012.
  • Castles and palaces in Saxony. Petersberg 2012.
  • The Great Garden in Dresden. Leipzig 2012.
  • Albrechtsburg Castle in Meissen. Leipzig 2011.
  • The Zwinger in Dresden. Leipzig 2011 ( The Dresden Zwinger. Leipzig 2011).
  • The ghost seers. Leipzig 2011.
  • Hamburg 1933-1945. Petersberg 2011.
  • Altzella Monastery. Leipzig 2011.
  • Saxony's most beautiful palaces, castles and gardens. Leipzig 2011.
  • Castles and mansions in Vogtland. Meissen 2011.
  • Nossen Castle. Leipzig 2011.
  • Castles in the western Ore Mountains. Meissen 2010.
  • Castles in the central Ore Mountains. Meissen 2009.
  • Nuremberg 1933–1945. "City of the Nazi Party Rallies;" an architecture guide. Petersberg 2010.
  • Old & new Dresden. 100 buildings tell the stories of a city. With photographs by Jörg Blobelt . Dresden 2007.
  • Architecture in Munich 1933–1945. A city guide. Berlin 2007.
  • Architecture in Dresden 1933–1945. A city guide. Dresden 2007.
  • Monuments in Berlin. Tempelhof-Schöneberg district, Tempelhof, Mariendorf, Marienfelde and Lichtenrade districts. Berlin 2007.
  • The Dresden Neumarkt. A place returns. Dresden 2006.
  • Monuments in Berlin. Treptow-Köpenick district, Nieder- and Oberschöneweide districts. (With Gabriele Schulz). Berlin 2003.
  • Monuments in Berlin. Mitte district, Wedding and Gesundbrunnen districts. (With Gabriele Schulz). Berlin 2004.
  • Architecture in Berlin 1933-1945. A city guide. Berlin 2004.
  • Meissen Cathedral. Monument to Saxon history. With photographs by Steffen Wirtgen. Beucha 2002.
  • Late Gothic gable in Saxony, Beucha 2001.
  • The building history of Meissen Cathedral 1250–1400. Beucha 2000.

Articles (selection)

  • A color dispute in Meissen. On the plaster and color design of the Meißner Albrechtsburg. In: Monumenta Misnensia. Yearbook for the cathedral and Albrechtsburg in Meissen. 9. (2009/2010), pp. 110-120.
  • Apartment, administrative seat, emblem of authority. The castles of the bishops of Meissen as symbols of episcopal sovereignty. In: Klaus Neitmann , Heinz-Dieter Heimann (Hrsg.): Late medieval residences in the spiritual territories of Central and Eastern Germany. Berlin 2009, pp. 209-237.
  • The late medieval residences of the bishops of Meissen. In: Monumenta Misnensia. Yearbook for the cathedral and Albrechtsburg in Meissen. 8. (2007/2008), pp. 59-85.
  • Late medieval bishops' residences in Saxony. In: Castle research from Saxony. 20. (2007), pp. 7-32.
  • Knowledge versus accuracy. Critical questions to building research. In: Building research - a critical revision. Berlin 2005, pp. 53-72.
  • The end of illusions - the dying of castles in Saxony. In: Castle research from Saxony. 18/2 (2005), pp. 47-60.
  • For the exterior color of medieval brick buildings. In: Ernst Badstübner, Dirk Schumann (Hrsg.): Brick technologies in the Middle Ages and modern times. Studies on brick architecture. 4. Berlin 2003, pp. 178-206.
  • Comments on the Moritzburg building type in Halle / Saale. In: Castles and palaces in Saxony-Anhalt. 12. (2003) pp. 208-237.
  • Duke Albrecht the Courageous and the buildings on the Meissen Castle Hill. Late Gothic architecture in the late 15th century. In: André Thieme (ed.): Duke Albrecht the brave. A Saxon prince in the empire and in Europe. Weimar 2002, pp. 233–281 ( limited preview in Google book search).
  • House Dittmar in Berlin-Kaulsdorf. A forgotten monument of modernity. In: The monuments in Berlin. Marzahn-Hellersdorf district. Kaulsdorf, Mahlsdorf, Hellersdorf. Berlin 2002, pp. 124–129.
  • “Master Jhan the niderlendische painter”. A Flemish painter at the court of Frederick the Wise and his works for the Meissen Princely Chapel and the Wittenberg Castle Church. In: Ecclesia Misnensis. 2001, pp. 50-76.
  • Between “Augiasstall” and “Universitas litterarum”. The University of Leipzig around 1800. In: Leipzig around 1800. Contributions to social and cultural history. Beucha 1998, pp. 43-59.
  • Meissen Cathedral. The history, construction and consolidation of the damage to the stone structure. In: The Minster. 51 (1998), pp. 194-211 (with Günter Donath).
  • The altars in the Meissen Cathedral in the period from 1250 to 1400. In: Ecclesia Misnensis. 1998, pp. 19-46.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. On the history of the Niederjahna manor house. (No longer available online.) In: Archived from the original on May 29, 2017 ; accessed on January 11, 2018 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /