• Lorraine Karafel

    Assistant Professor of Art & Design History

    Assistant Professor of Art and Design History

    Office Location:

    Sheila Johnson Design Center


    Lorraine is an art historian and a writer, and first taught at Parsons in 1987. Lorraine holds a PhD in art history from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. Her doctoral dissertation was titled Raphael's 'all'antica' Tapestries for Pope Leo X: Art, Culture, and Politics in Sixteenth-Century Rome, with Yale University Press. Lorraine’s research focuses on art and design in the 15th to 17th centuries and considers issues of design process, workshop practices, and the relationships between designer, maker, and patron. Her work has received numerous grants and awards. In 2007 Lorraine was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome and a Reader at Harvard University's Villa I Tatti in Florence, and from 2007 to 2009 she held a Sylvan C. Coleman and Pamela Coleman Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Her international publications include articles and reviews in Art Sacré, Filo Forme,, ARTnews, and The Magazine Antiques. She 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. A catalogue of textiles in Glasgow's Burrell Collection is forthcoming. Lorraine was a curator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and a researcher at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In addition to teaching at New York University and Rutgers University, she has lectured at leading international institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Prado Museum, and the Rijksmuseum.