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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
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.
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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.
Reviews (22)
1 - 5 of 21 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wonderful, even on a crowded, chaotic day!

I loved this from start to finish and learned so much. It was an incredibly crowded long-weekend Sunday at the museum, my companion and I were hungry and stressed, but we still settled right into the moment once the tour started and loved every minute.

Thank Jennifer A
Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Shady Ladies Indeed

Very informative with interesting behind the scenes stories. We also walked through galleries which I've never seen. Bonus! You will be pleased with this tour.

Thank newpaltzmom
Andrew L, Owner at Shady Ladies Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your great review! We love showing people parts of the museum that they don't know--Oceania, Japanese prints, pre Columbia gold, depending on the tour--as well as putting some masterpieces in a new light. Hope to see you on another tour!

Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile
Very fun and interesting!

Prof. Lear was charming, quirky and engaging. All of us learned something and the 2 hours passed quickly.

Thank vogaits
Andrew L, Owner at Shady Ladies Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2018

Thanks for the great review. So glad you enjoyed yourself!--and we hope to see you on another tour some time, in the US or Paris!

Reviewed 7 August 2018
Shady Ladies Tour at Met: Uncovering Passion in Art

Although I go to the Met Museum frequently, the Shady Ladies Tour exposed wonderful and fascinating works of about the intersection of passion and power which I had never noticed before. The tour guide conveyed a great deal of knowledge with an equal amount of...More

Thank harvny
Andrew L, Owner at Shady Ladies Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2018

Thanks for your great review! That's the first time anyone has ever called the tour 'camp'--but yes, I think it is a little camp. And yes, the intersection of power and passion is such an important theme in art! Thanks again--and we hope to see...More

Reviewed 22 July 2018
Nasty Ladies Tour

Shady Ladies Tours offers a “Nasty Ladies”tour at MMoA. We are not art connoisseurs but enjoy learning new things.This Tour was perfect for us. Our “Nasty Lady”,guide Allison ( who has a PhD in Art History) shared her enthusiastic passion for the topic. The tour...More

Thank Alice L
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