Professor Lear, the founder of Shady Ladies Tours art museum tours


All of our art museum tours are designed by Professor Andrew Lear and led by a team of dedicated scholar guides.

Professor Lear, a leading scholar on the history of sexuality and a master guide, is the founder of Shady Ladies Tours. With a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from UCLA, Professor Lear is one of the foremost authorities on the erotic in Greek and Roman art.

His book on Greek vase-painting won widespread praise for its erudition and accessibility, and was hailed by the American Journal of Archaeology as “destined for Classic status.” First and foremost, however, Professor Lear is a teacher. He prides himself on his ability to make high culture accessible to everyone, honed through years of teaching at Columbia, NYU and Harvard—where he won the Harvard Certificate for Excellence in Teaching four times.

With his groundbreaking work on the history of art, his expertise in bringing the past to life and his long experience as a scholar and teacher, Professor Lear is your ideal guide to the always exciting, often racy, world of great art.


Kirsten Lee is a specialist in Ancient Greek and Roman Art, and a passionate teacher and educator. Currently a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU, Kirsten takes a hands-on approach to her studies, having worked on archaeological excavations across the Mediterranean at such ancient sites as Selinunte, Aphrodisias, Samothrace, and Corinth. She has taught undergraduates at many institutions in New York, including Parsons, Fordham University, and NYU, and her courses have ranged from introductions to art history to field study explorations of New York City’s architecture and urbanism. Joining Shady Ladies Tours is a dream come true for Kirsten, as there is nothing closer to her heart than great art and audiences that appreciate it.

Allison Harbin is the latest addition to our Shady Ladies team, and she brings to the company a wealth of knowledge, a love of art and an expertise in our favorite subject: women on canvas.

With a Ph.D. in art history from Rutgers University, Allison is a specialist in modern and contemporary art. Her particular focus is non-Western art by women, and she has written on fields as diverse as modern art, graffiti art, and art from the Caribbean and South Asia.

We chose Allison not only for her wide-ranging tastes and interests, but also for her insight into what makes a great story. Allison loves to tell stories, and she has honed that ability over years of teaching undergraduates. She delights in uncovering the untold dramas of art history, especially the scandals that hide behind some of the world’s greatest masterpieces.

She also knows a great deal about the role of the art market in the history of art—a subject that is endlessly fascinating for all of us in today’s age of global collectors and sky-high prices. As a dedicated believer in “art for everyone,” Allison is a perfect fit for Shady Ladies, and her love of great art shines through in all her tours.


Tina Naston is an intern for Shady Ladies Tours, conducting research and assisting Professor Lear and our team of scholars as they lead existing tours and design new ones. A student in Art History and Classics at Hamilton College, Tina holds the distinction of being one of the youngest people ever to present a paper at Parilia, an undergraduate research conference in the Classics. During the summer of 2017 she has worked as an intern in the department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a position that builds on her regular school-year employment at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art. Tina aims to dedicate her life to teaching people about great art of the past and how it relates to our lives today—and what better place to start doing that than Shady Ladies Tours?

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