Also known as Isabelle de Charrière (1740 – 1805), was a remarkable, free-spirited Dutch noble woman of many talents, a writer of the age of the Enlightenment. She is now best known for her letters although she also wrote novels, pamphlets, letters, music and plays. She took a keen interest in the society and politics of her age, and her work around the time of the French Revolution is regarded as being of particular interest. The writings of this enlightened woman, not unlike Jane Austen’s, tackled the intricacies of high society, particularly in matters of love.
Belle is one of a very few my most beloved historical figures. :)
A little reminiscence of my own workshop I prepared and organized in Belgrade, Serbia, in 2012, The Gallant age or the Enchanted voyage to the extinct world of Baroque & Rococo (Galantno doba ili Čarobno putovanje u iščezli svet baroka i rokokoa). This was a promotional clip I made.
Music: Marin Marais (1656-1728), Chaconne from the opera “Sémélé” (1709)