Bernard de Fontenelle 1657-1757
The 1723 portrait
painting of Bernard de Fontenelle by Louis
Galloche (1670-1761), Musée National de
Bernard was Bernard Le Bovier, sieur de Fontenelle. He lived one month
short of a full 100 years. He was born in Rouen, France, and died in
And what an
life it was.
A writer and scientist, Bernard de
Fontenelle believed that human
reason would get mankind eventually out of trouble.
Portrait of Bernard de
by Hyacinthe Rigaud
Formerly titled Portrait of the Author (until 1878)
Oil on canvas, 1702, Musée