Shady Ladies Of The New York City Metropolitan Museum

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Looking for a fun new way to experience the world's great art museums?  Uncover the sexy side of history and art for you.  Learn the backstory of the Metropolitan Museum's "shady ladies" -- an unexpected side of many of the museum's masterpieces (and some less known corners as well).


  • Led by an art historian
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • All entrance fees included
  • Likely to Sell Out

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Courtesans, royal mistresses, and scandalous women of every sort. The walls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art are lined with them, from the ancient Greek 'hetaerae' to Sargent's Madame X and beyond. These sexy women often also intelligent, educated, wealthy, or even powerful were key members of the political and cultural elites of their time. They fascinated patrons and artists alike, from Praxiteles to Titian to Manet. But who were they? What were their stories? To find out, explore the lives and loves that lie behind the paintings.

On this 2-hour walking tour, an art historian guide will provide an orientation into the vast museum while showing an entirely new, intriguing side of art. Learn about the ancient Greek hetaira, the Japanese oiran, and the cortigiane of the Italian Renaissance; representations of Venus and their relationship to ladies of the night; royal mistresses in France and England and their titled descendants; the demimondaines of 19th century Paris and their importance in art and opera; and sex and art scandals of 19th century America.

Inclusions for Shady Ladies Of The New York City Metropolitan Museum

  • Admission ticket to the Met
  • Professional tour guide/art historian

Exclusions for Shady Ladies Of The New York City Metropolitan Museum

  • Gratuities (optional)

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 16 years old

Private tours can accommodate 2-4 people. Select '1' adult at checkout

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