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Shady Ladies tour of the Metropolitan Museum
New York- New York- United States
( 131 )
2 Hours
18 Persons
English/French
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Brief

Looking for a fun new way to experience the world's great art museums? Uncover the sexy side of history and art with Shady Ladies Tours! Learn the backstory of the Metropolitan Museum's "shady ladies" -- an unexpected side of many of the museum's masterpieces (and some less known corners as well). All tours are led personally by Professor Andrew Lear, a leading scholar on the history of sexuality and a master guide.

Tour Detail

About your local guide:

  • Professor Andrew Lear, a leading scholar on the history of sexuality and a master guide. With a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from UCLA, Professor Lear is one of the foremost experts on the erotic in Greek and Roman art. His book on Greek vase-painting won widespread praise for its erudition and accessibility, and was hailed by the American Journal of Archaeology as “destined for Classic status.”
  • First and foremost, however, Professor Lear is a teacher. He prides himself on his ability to make high culture accessible to everyone, honed through years of teaching at Columbia, NYU and Harvard—where he won the Harvard Certificate for Excellence in Teaching four times. With his groundbreaking work on the history of art, his expertise in bringing the past to life and his long experience as a scholar and teacher, Professor Lear is your ideal guide to the always exciting, often racy, world of great art.

What you could expect:

Take the Women’s Art History Tour that has everyone talking and learn about history’s scandalous, feisty women.

Courtesans, royal mistresses, scandalous women of every sort—the walls of the Metropolitan Museum are lined with them, from ancient Greek hetaerae to Sargent’s Madame X. These women, famous not only for sex-appeal but also for their talents—and for a spirit which today we would call ‘entrepreneurial’— fascinated both their wealthy patrons and the artists who created the world’s great masterpieces.

But who were they? How did they rise to their positions? And how did they maintain their prominence despite their scandalous reputations?

To find out, join us as we explore the lives and loves that lie behind the paintings. On this fun and informative 2-hour Metropolitan Museum tour, we will learn about:

  • the first nude female statue in ancient Greece and the hetaera who modeled for it
  • the oiran of the pleasure quarter of 18th century Tokyo
  • a Venetian courtesan who published books of poetry
  • the official royal mistresses of the French kings
  • a royal bastard who is the ancestor of many English aristocrats
  • and the grandes horizontales of Belle Epoque Paris

Come discover the racy and intriguing backstories behind the Metropolitan Museum’s collections. Shady Ladies Tours will change the way you see the museum—and art itself—forever.

Price Detail
Inclusions

  • Museum admission
  • Tour Guide

Exclusions

  • Tips
  • All other personal expenses

Cancellation Policy

You will get

100% refund if cancel 7 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 6 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 5 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 3 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

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Reviews

Liz W

2017-10-16 17:15:44

"Thank you!!" Kirsten, our leader, was excellent and I could see how frustrating it could bet o have a presenter without personality or deep background in the topic.

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Deborah G

2017-10-03 02:15:52

"Love us some Nasty Ladies" We are New Yorkers who enjoy taking different tours every time we go to the Met. We do tours because otherwise it's too easy to get overwhelmed by all the great pieces. Where do you start and what...

+More

ROBINLEW

2017-09-24 04:55:08

"SHADY LADIES" tour was fabulous, informative & fun made even more remarkable by our guide, kirsten, who was fun, friendly & a wealth of knowledge!

+More

Liz K

2017-09-23 17:16:47

"Shady side of Art" Factual frolicking Fabulous evening lead by Kristen ... She was full of energy & fabulous facts presented with the best personality! She made the evening!!

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JuliaMa444

2017-09-14 08:37:56

"This Tour Literally Changed The Way I Look at Art" I wasn't that big of an art fan. But after taking this tour I actually started thinking that art is pretty interesting and that it is more than what you see on a picture. This tour is highly...

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professorshapiro

2017-09-02 15:53:13

"Outstanding Art Tour" We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The presentation - using stories - is perfect. We plan to take other tours with Dr. Lear.

+More

amandadA1658PK

2017-08-30 11:04:03

"Shady Ladies Tour Is Bomb!" I loved the tour guide, Andrew. I loved his wisdom and personality. If you are a feminist or an art history buff, you will love this tour! Any woman or man would love it. It was the best girl friend...

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lilliam e

2017-08-21 16:42:15

"A learning experience" It was awesome.. had a lot of fun learning about the secrets of love and romance in the old times. Guide had a lot of knowledge.

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Leena N

2017-08-21 13:36:29

"Must see must do!" Best tour in a museum I have ever had!!!! So inspired and uplifted it's unbelievable! Bring your notebooks because there will be loads of ideas you will want to capture.

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ebbonin

2017-08-14 03:35:28

"Shady Ladies Tour" Went on the tour this past Saturday...it was even better than I expected. The guide was very engaging and funny. I would highly recommend this tour!

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KittyKatNYC75

2017-07-28 02:34:00

"Shady Ladies Tour of Paris " What an amazing Paris Tour! It was so well curated, and I felt like we got to see the best of Paris and even saw a gorgeous Castle in the Loire Valley!!!! Food was excellent, hotel was excellent...

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Virginia R

2017-07-19 07:42:54

"Frankly Fascinating Females" Note: this review refers to the "Nasty Women of the Metropolitan Museum" tour, although I suspect that there's some overlap with other tours sponsored by this company, and I would not hesitate to...

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Kareem E

2017-07-18 07:45:21

"Great, unique tour of the Met" We had a great time on this very interesting and unique tour. Highly recommend it! The speaker is super knowledgeable and super funny.

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Betsy2414

2017-07-15 18:12:57

"Shady Ladies - a new view of art history" Went on a date with my husband, who was the only man in attendance (besides the instructor). We are both a bit nerdy when it comes to art history and we LOVED all the insights and stories that we...

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lettyg422

2017-07-15 07:15:16

"MFA Tour" Wonderful tour! Hit many higlights but wish we would have heard the guide's take on Khalo and Okeefe paintings.

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Jessica B

2017-07-05 06:18:45

"Nasty Ladies Tour at the Met" What a fun and informative tour. Professor Lear is passionate about the information and his stories are interesting and well researched. The tour is leisure and not rushed. I will definitely be back...

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Alyssa S

2017-07-03 10:36:42

"Interesting & Fun Experience of the Met" As someone who doesn't have the stamina to spend all day in a museum, this tour was an awesome way to experience the Met without being overwhelmed. Prof. Lear was a highly engaging and knowledgeable...

+More

jseniar

2017-07-03 07:16:34

"Entertaining and Educational" Professor Lear obviously knows his history and art. If he hosted a salon, I would attend regularly. His tour mixes education, entertainment, and humor perfectly. It is well paced and introduces a few...

+More

Mack

2017-05-21 17:01:34

“Informative and wonderful feminist-minded Met tour” I am typically someone who abhors tours and guides, but this was very worthwhile. Professor Lear has a great deal of breadth and depth given his Classics background. Found him to be humorous, informative, provocative, and wonderful. Enjoy!

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Shady Ladies tour of the Metropolitan Museum
New York, New York, United States
( 131 )
2 Hours
18 Persons
English/French
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Brief

Looking for a fun new way to experience the world's great art museums? Uncover the sexy side of history and art with Shady Ladies Tours! Learn the backstory of the Metropolitan Museum's "shady ladies" -- an unexpected side of many of the museum's masterpieces (and some less known corners as well). All tours are led personally by Professor Andrew Lear, a leading scholar on the history of sexuality and a master guide.

Tour Detail

About your local guide:

  • Professor Andrew Lear, a leading scholar on the history of sexuality and a master guide. With a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from UCLA, Professor Lear is one of the foremost experts on the erotic in Greek and Roman art. His book on Greek vase-painting won widespread praise for its erudition and accessibility, and was hailed by the American Journal of Archaeology as “destined for Classic status.”
  • First and foremost, however, Professor Lear is a teacher. He prides himself on his ability to make high culture accessible to everyone, honed through years of teaching at Columbia, NYU and Harvard—where he won the Harvard Certificate for Excellence in Teaching four times. With his groundbreaking work on the history of art, his expertise in bringing the past to life and his long experience as a scholar and teacher, Professor Lear is your ideal guide to the always exciting, often racy, world of great art.

What you could expect:

Take the Women’s Art History Tour that has everyone talking and learn about history’s scandalous, feisty women.

Courtesans, royal mistresses, scandalous women of every sort—the walls of the Metropolitan Museum are lined with them, from ancient Greek hetaerae to Sargent’s Madame X. These women, famous not only for sex-appeal but also for their talents—and for a spirit which today we would call ‘entrepreneurial’— fascinated both their wealthy patrons and the artists who created the world’s great masterpieces.

But who were they? How did they rise to their positions? And how did they maintain their prominence despite their scandalous reputations?

To find out, join us as we explore the lives and loves that lie behind the paintings. On this fun and informative 2-hour Metropolitan Museum tour, we will learn about:

  • the first nude female statue in ancient Greece and the hetaera who modeled for it
  • the oiran of the pleasure quarter of 18th century Tokyo
  • a Venetian courtesan who published books of poetry
  • the official royal mistresses of the French kings
  • a royal bastard who is the ancestor of many English aristocrats
  • and the grandes horizontales of Belle Epoque Paris

Come discover the racy and intriguing backstories behind the Metropolitan Museum’s collections. Shady Ladies Tours will change the way you see the museum—and art itself—forever.

+More
Price Detail

  • Museum admission
  • Tour Guide

  • Tips
  • All other personal expenses

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancel 7 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 6 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 5 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 3 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

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Reviews

Liz W

2017-10-16 17:15:44

"Thank you!!" Kirsten, our leader, was excellent and I could see how frustrating it could bet o have a presenter without personality or deep background in the topic.

+More

Deborah G

2017-10-03 02:15:52

"Love us some Nasty Ladies" We are New Yorkers who enjoy taking different tours every time we go to the Met. We do tours because otherwise it's too easy to get overwhelmed by all the great pieces. Where do you start and what...

+More

ROBINLEW

2017-09-24 04:55:08

"SHADY LADIES" tour was fabulous, informative & fun made even more remarkable by our guide, kirsten, who was fun, friendly & a wealth of knowledge!

+More

Liz K

2017-09-23 17:16:47

"Shady side of Art" Factual frolicking Fabulous evening lead by Kristen ... She was full of energy & fabulous facts presented with the best personality! She made the evening!!

+More

JuliaMa444

2017-09-14 08:37:56

"This Tour Literally Changed The Way I Look at Art" I wasn't that big of an art fan. But after taking this tour I actually started thinking that art is pretty interesting and that it is more than what you see on a picture. This tour is highly...

+More

professorshapiro

2017-09-02 15:53:13

"Outstanding Art Tour" We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The presentation - using stories - is perfect. We plan to take other tours with Dr. Lear.

+More

amandadA1658PK

2017-08-30 11:04:03

"Shady Ladies Tour Is Bomb!" I loved the tour guide, Andrew. I loved his wisdom and personality. If you are a feminist or an art history buff, you will love this tour! Any woman or man would love it. It was the best girl friend...

+More

lilliam e

2017-08-21 16:42:15

"A learning experience" It was awesome.. had a lot of fun learning about the secrets of love and romance in the old times. Guide had a lot of knowledge.

+More

Leena N

2017-08-21 13:36:29

"Must see must do!" Best tour in a museum I have ever had!!!! So inspired and uplifted it's unbelievable! Bring your notebooks because there will be loads of ideas you will want to capture.

+More

ebbonin

2017-08-14 03:35:28

"Shady Ladies Tour" Went on the tour this past Saturday...it was even better than I expected. The guide was very engaging and funny. I would highly recommend this tour!

+More

KittyKatNYC75

2017-07-28 02:34:00

"Shady Ladies Tour of Paris " What an amazing Paris Tour! It was so well curated, and I felt like we got to see the best of Paris and even saw a gorgeous Castle in the Loire Valley!!!! Food was excellent, hotel was excellent...

+More

Virginia R

2017-07-19 07:42:54

"Frankly Fascinating Females" Note: this review refers to the "Nasty Women of the Metropolitan Museum" tour, although I suspect that there's some overlap with other tours sponsored by this company, and I would not hesitate to...

+More

Kareem E

2017-07-18 07:45:21

"Great, unique tour of the Met" We had a great time on this very interesting and unique tour. Highly recommend it! The speaker is super knowledgeable and super funny.

+More

Betsy2414

2017-07-15 18:12:57

"Shady Ladies - a new view of art history" Went on a date with my husband, who was the only man in attendance (besides the instructor). We are both a bit nerdy when it comes to art history and we LOVED all the insights and stories that we...

+More

lettyg422

2017-07-15 07:15:16

"MFA Tour" Wonderful tour! Hit many higlights but wish we would have heard the guide's take on Khalo and Okeefe paintings.

+More

Jessica B

2017-07-05 06:18:45

"Nasty Ladies Tour at the Met" What a fun and informative tour. Professor Lear is passionate about the information and his stories are interesting and well researched. The tour is leisure and not rushed. I will definitely be back...

+More

Alyssa S

2017-07-03 10:36:42

"Interesting & Fun Experience of the Met" As someone who doesn't have the stamina to spend all day in a museum, this tour was an awesome way to experience the Met without being overwhelmed. Prof. Lear was a highly engaging and knowledgeable...

+More

jseniar

2017-07-03 07:16:34

"Entertaining and Educational" Professor Lear obviously knows his history and art. If he hosted a salon, I would attend regularly. His tour mixes education, entertainment, and humor perfectly. It is well paced and introduces a few...

+More

Mack

2017-05-21 17:01:34

“Informative and wonderful feminist-minded Met tour” I am typically someone who abhors tours and guides, but this was very worthwhile. Professor Lear has a great deal of breadth and depth given his Classics background. Found him to be humorous, informative, provocative, and wonderful. Enjoy!

+More
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