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.
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...
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 XThese women, famous not only for sex-appeal...
Meet the women who shattered the glass ceilings of their day—as artists who broke with convention, scientists who toppled stereotypes, and political figures who poisoned, slept and protested their way to power...
This is a valuable and fun tour of the Met Museum Of Art. Our guide, Andrew Leary, was most knowledgeable, engaging and fun. When an expert can present a subject, in a way that their passion for the subject becomes contagious, you know you're in for a treat! Our group was having so much fun discussing art that one of the guards asked us to "keep it down".Cynthia O. Visited October 2016
This two hour Shady Ladies tour was not long enough AND I say this because the tour is very interesting. Dr Lear covered Ancient Greece, Asian and European art with a comical sexual twist. Paintings and art objects that I might have walked by in the past while in search of the more renown pieces now have great meaning...and are intriguingly erotic. A unique approach to art history! What a great way to see the Met. The tour includes entrance to the Met so you can stay beyond the two hour tour and visit, or revisit, the art of world renown artists!Nsenya Visited October 2016
My friends and I had a blast, Dr. Lear was very knowledgeable and funny. I study art history, but the information from this tour was definitely not in the text books! It's a great way to get a new perspective and background on a lot works people know. We will definitely be back for his other tours.Lauren R. Visited September 2016
Fun, delightful, most informative and highly recommended. This was a tour through a new lens across cultures and centuries. Our very cool host bridged the old with the new and anyone who enjoys art should visit with the Shady Ladies. Who knew Le Courbet was risqué ?Alperstein Visited September 2016
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.
Great bed, eh? Maybe we should call it something like a temple of love. This is the bed of one of the great courtesans of 19th century Paris, ValtesseContinue Reading..
Here is another thing we will see on our Shady Ladies tour of Paris–one of our favorite images of a courtesan: Ernest-Ange Duez’s “SContinue Reading..