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Shady Ladies of the New York City Metropolitan Museum

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Shady Ladies of the New York City Metropolitan Museum
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Overview
From ancient Greece to the Italian Renaissance to 19th-century America and France, painters have reflected their society’s fascination with sexy ladies. On this 2-hour tour with an art historian guide in the Metropolitan Museum, hear real-life tales of the courtesans, prostitutes and royal mistresses depicted in many of the museum’s masterpieces. Your informative guide reveals an unexpected side of these paintings, providing a new lens through which to view the classic art collection of New York City’s premier museum.
What to Expect
Courtesans, royal mistresses, and scandalous women of every sort. The walls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art are lined with them, from the ancient Greek 'hetaerae' to Sargent's Madame X and beyond. These sexy women — often also intelligent, educated, wealthy, or even powerful — were key members of the political and cultural elites of their time. They fascinated patrons and artists alike, from Praxiteles to Titian to Manet. But who were they? What were their stories? To find out, explore the lives and loves that lie behind the paintings.
On this 2-hour walking tour, an art historian guide will provide an orientation into the vast museum while showing an entirely new, intriguing side of art. Learn about the ancient Greek hetaira, the Japanese oiran, and the cortigiane of the Italian Renaissance; representations of Venus and their relationship to ladies of the night; royal mistresses in France and England and their titled descendants; the demimondaines of 19th century Paris and their importance in art and opera; and sex and art scandals of 19th century America.
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Reviewed 6 days ago
Interesting and insightful

Mr Andrew Lear is an excellent tour guide. He draws us in and keeps our attention. I enjoyed listening to him as much as I enjoyed the artwork. Also, he answered all our questions. Very knowledgeable. I plan to take other tours in this series.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Gemalista
Reviewed 1 week ago
Your trip to Met not complete without this fabulous tour with Dr Andrew Lear! A WOW!!!

Moving from ancient Egypt to the Middle Ages to the 20’s, Lear captures you with his humor, knowledge, and clever art and cultural observations. Will make a point of attending every one of his tours and tempted to join him on his annual tour in...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank kathleen L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Highly Recommend!!

This was such an informative tour and our guide Rena was wonderful. What a great way to see the MET and learn about so many powerful women who are not typically given the spotlight they deserve. I learned so much and look forward to attending...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Tara B
Reviewed 13 December 2018
Fascinating & Fun

An excellent overview of some of the Met's pieces...some better known, others not so much, but all either featuring women or created by women. Andrew is a first class raconteur who simultaneously educates and entertains.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Bruce M
Reviewed 22 November 2018
Very Informative and delightful

Our tour guide was very informative and funny. He talked to each of us and was never hurried. He was great with people who needed to arrive late or got lost and he had excellent knowledge of the locations of everything in the vast museum....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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