Dr. Vollmer studied History of Art, Philosophy, and Orientalism at the Freie Universität Berlin. From 1996 to 1998 he worked as a research and teaching assistant at the Institute of Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin. In his M.A. thesis (1998), he compared the political theories from the Renaissance philosopher and historian Niccolo Machiavelli with those from the North African philosopher Ibn Haldun. He also assisted in the preparation of the 1998 exhibition "Das Berliner Stundenbuch der Maria von Burgund und Kaiser Maximilians" in the Berlin Kupferstichkabinett (Prints and Drawings Department). In 2007, Dr. Vollmer finished his doctoral thesis at the Freie Universität about medieval book illumination in which he scrutinized pictorial diagrams as a special kind of reflection. Matthias Vollmer has taught a number of interdisciplinary seminars on Renaissance Art and Thought as well as on Modern Art with the FUBiS summer university program since 1999. Since 2002 he has also worked as a lecturer for the history of art from ancient to modern times at the FU-Berlin Gasthörer-Card program (a program for guest/visiting students).