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Tour Guide Professor Andrew Lear

All of our art museum 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.


John Singer Sargent’s Madame X

By far the one of the most popular paintings on our tour. This portrait caused a scandal at the 1884 Salon, destroying Sargent’s budding career as a fashionable portraitist in Paris and damaging Gautreau’s ascent as a famous beauty.


Professor Lear With Tour Group

Andrew Lear the tour guide and founder of Shady Ladies Tours giving the backstory of the featured paintings on the tour.

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.