Thea Goldring is an art historian of 18th- and 19th-century French art, with a particular focus on how histories of science and art history intersect. She is currently writing a monograph based on her dissertation, entitled “Matters of Life and Art,” which reveals how French materialism transformed the subjects and conditions of artistic practice in the second half of the eighteenth century. At the Science History Institute, Goldring will be conducting research for her book on the scientific artist Carême de Fécamp, which reexamines the role artists played in 18th-century science and asks how the act of drawing can serve as an experimental laboratory for studying the natural world.
Goldring completed her PhD in the history of art and architecture at Harvard University in 2023. She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Master Drawings, and the Center for European Studies at Harvard. She has published in Eighteenth-Century Studies, Master Drawings, Print Quarterly (forthcoming), and Journal18 (forthcoming).