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Shady Ladies: Secret Tour of The Met

May 01 Through Sep 22 | Wed |

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FROM ANCIENT GREEK HETAERAE TO MADAME X 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.

These women, famous not only for sex-appeal but also for their talents—and for a spirit which today we would call ‘entrepreneurial’— fascinated both their wealthy patrons and the artists who created the world’s great masterpieces.

But who were they? How did they rise to their positions? And how did they maintain their prominence despite their scandalous reputations?

OH, THE STORIES YOU’LL HEAR… To find out, join us as we explore the lives and loves that lie behind the paintings. The Shady Ladies tour will change the way you see the museum — and art itself — forever. On this fun and informative 2-hour Metropolitan Museum tour, we will learn about:

-- The first nude female statue in ancient Greece and the hetaera who modeled for it -- The oiran of the pleasure quarter of 18th century Tokyo -- A Venetian courtesan who published books of poetry -- The official royal mistresses of the French kings -- A royal bastard who is the ancestor of many English aristocrats -- The grandes horizontales of Belle Epoque Paris

TICKETS INCLUDE MUSEUM ADMISSION Ticket price includes museum admission. Advanced purchase necessary. Discounts available for seniors ($10/off), students ($20/off), and Met members ($20/off).

ABOUT YOUR SCHOLAR GUIDES This tour is 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. As one of the foremost authorities on the erotic in Greek and Roman art, 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.

Venue: Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 5th Ave Map