Lorraine Karafel



Assistant Professor


Art and Design History


The New School


Lorraine Karafel is Associate Professor of Art and Design History at Parsons School of Design in New York. She holds a Ph.D. in art history from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. Dr. Karafel’s main area of research is art and design in Early Modern Europe, with a special interest in the history of tapestry. Her many publications include articles and reviews in Renaissance Quarterly, Journal of Design History,, Art Sacré, Filo Forme, ARTnews, and The Magazine Antiques. Dr. Karafel contributed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s award-winning 2002 exhibition catalogue, Tapestry in the Renaissance: Art and Magnificence and to the Met’s 2014 exhibition catalogue Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry. Her book, Raphael’s Tapestries: The Grotesques of Leo X, was published in 2016 by Yale University Press. Tapestries from the Burrell Collection (London: IB Tauris/Philip Wilson, 2017), co-authored with Elizabeth Cleland, was cited by the London Evening Standard as one of the best art books of 2017. Dr. Karafel’s current book project takes a new look at tapestry in Early Modern Europe from the perspective of design, production, reproduction, and display.