PÖPPELMANN, Matthäus Daniel
(b. 1662, Herford, d. 1736, Dresden)

Biography

German architect. He was the father of Johann Adolf Pöppelmann (1694-1773), painter, and grandfather of Johann David Pöppelmann (1731-1813), painter.

He is documented in 1680 as employed by the Bauamt (office of public works). Appointed Baukondukteur eleven years later. He assumed the responsibility for Augustus the Strong's most important design commissions when promoted to Landbaumeister (state architect) in 1705, and in 1718 became Oberlandbaumeister (senior state architect).

He was the architect of Augustus the Strong of Saxony (1670-1733); his most famous building is the Zwinger in Dresden, which served as an orangery and a grandstand for court festivities.