Shady Ladies tour of the Metropolitan Museum
New York- New York- United States
( 110 )
2 Hours
18 Persons
English/French
$ {{ lowestPrice }}
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
  • Museum admission
  • Tour Guide
Exclusions
  • Tips
  • All other personal expenses
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Shady Ladies tour of the Metropolitan Museum
New York, New York, United States
( 110 )
2 Hours
18 Persons
English/French
$ {{ lowestPrice }} USD
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.

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  • Museum admission
  • Tour Guide
  • Tips
  • All other personal expenses
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Mack
“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!
2017-05-21 17:01:34
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