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Sun 5/1 - Shady Ladies of the Met Museum

  • Met Museum of Art 1000 5th Ave NY, NY (map)

5/1 - Shady Ladies of the Met Museum

Led by our favorite queer guide, Professor Andrew Lear
Where:  Meet inside the main entrance, next to the Shpinx statue in the Grand Hall (to the right of the entrance near the coat check)
When: Meet and depart at 11am
Cost: $45 full price*; $39 seniors*; $25 Met members and students

Early Bird Special: Use code EARLY and save $5 (Expires 4/24, not valid on prior sale or in combination with other offers


Courtesans, royal mistresses, scandalous women of every sort—the Metropolitan Museum is crammed with them, from ancient Greek 'hetaerae' to Sargent's Madame X and beyond.  These sexy--and often intelligent, educated, wealthy, or even powerful--women were key members of their political and cultural elites, fascinating patrons and artists alike, from Praxiteles to Titian to Manet.  But who were they?  What were their stories?  To find out, join us as we explore the lives and loves that lie behind the paintings:

  • Learn about the complex cultures of high-end prostitution in ancient Greece and the Italian Renaissance
  • Representations of Venus and their relationship to ladies of the night
  • Royal mistresses in France and England
  • The overwhelming presence of prostitutes (high and low end) in French 19th century society and art
  • Scandals about sexy women and art in 19th century America

*NOTE: "Full Price" and "Senior" price include cost of admission to the museum as well as the tour.  The $25 cost for Met members and students is for the tour only (please bring your member ID or student ID to gain entry to the museum). The tour is operated by Oscar Wilde Tours and is not officially an offering of the Met Musem. Price of admission does not include beverages. No refunds or exchanges.