Carole Nataf

PhD student

Thesis: Knowing nature: Savant artists, natural history specimens and ecological awareness in eighteenth-century France

Supervisor: Professor Katie Scott

Funded by the Courtauld Scholarship and Clark Library/ UCLA Center for Seventeenth-and Eighteenth-Century Studies



2018-2019:  Master in History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, U.K.; MA Thesis ‘Prince Louis-François de Bourbon-Conti’s alternative court at the Château of L’Isle-Adam (1727-1776)’; Supervised by Prof. Katie Scott, Mark: 78, Distinction

2007-2010: Bachelor in Philosophy at Paris IV, La Sorbonne equivalency. Lycée Henri IV, Hypokhâgne, Khâgne, Preparatory Class to Grandes Ecoles, Paris, France

Work Experience

2022 Teaching Assistant, Foundations BA1, Autumn semester

2021: Research Assistant, Dr Esther Chadwick, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, U.K.

Feb 2020 – March 2021: Gallery Assistant, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, U.K.

Jan-May 2020: Curatorial Intern, Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, U.K.




Conference Papers

  • ‘Observation and Experimentation in Charles Germain de Saint-Aubin’s Recueil de plantes copiées d’après nature (1736-1785)’, Carnets de notes, carnets de références, musées de papier: Regards croisés sur la culture visuelle des artistes et le processus de création du Moyen Âge à nos jours (Université de Strasbourg), March 2022
  • ‘Nature transformed: Manufacturing America in the New Indies Gobelins Tapestry set (1737-1745)’, The Second Year Research Student Symposium, (Courtauld Institute of Art, London), May 2022
  • ‘Cataloguing the Courtauld’s fictile ivories’, Carole Nataf and Bella Radenovic, The Courtauld’s Fictile Ivories Study Day (Somerset House, London), June 2022
  • ‘Drawing shells: Conchological expertise at the Jardin du roi and the Académie des Sciences’, ‘Images & Institutions: The Visual Culture of Early Modern Scientific Societies,’ (Accademia dei Lincei, Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR), Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History, Rome), September 2022
  • ‘Transporting America: The politics of import and export in the New Indies Gobelins tapestry set’, ‘Transporting Culture – Art, Objects, and ‘Early Modern Logistics’’, Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture (HECAA) Zoom Event Series, October 2022
  • ‘Rococo epistemology: Shells, deep time, and imagination in Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon’s theory of the earth’, The Courtauld Third Year PhD Symposium, The Courtauld Institute, May18th-May 19th, 2023



Mary Vidal Award, Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art & Architecture (HECAA), 2022

Clark Library/ UCLA Center for Seventeenth-and Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship, 2023-24

Carole Nataf