Take The Best Art Museum Tour In NYC

Shady Ladies Tours is a new kind of tour company…one that puts the fun back into history and art! We take you to the places that other tours don’t and show you the artworks that other tours won’t—complete with the sexy, saucy, and downright scandalous backstories that cast them in an entirely new light.

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Take The Best Art Museum Tour In NYC

Meet history's greatest "nasty women" on our tours.

Discover the backstories of some of the most famous and celebrated paintings in the world.

Scandalous Seductions Tour

Guided Museum Tours NYC

Great art is full of hidden meanings—and more often than not, they’re all about sex. Broken eggs symbolizing lost virginity…a lute standing in for a man's desires... a lady’s slack shoulder strap suggesting adultery...

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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...

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Professor Andrew Lear

All tours are led personally by 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.

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This is Mme. Du Barry–one of the most famous courtesans and royal mistresses of all time! Du Barry was the last of Louis XV’s official mis

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People often ask me how I came up with the idea of giving art history tours about courtesans. There is a short version of that story and a long one. T

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Emma Hamilton The way from social obscurity to social stardom has traditionally been even narrower than the strait gate and narrow way to salvation. H

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