Prof. Andrew Lear conducting a Shady Ladies tour. (Corey O’Hara)
This tour group offers two tours: the Shady Ladies Tours and the Nasty Women tour. While the Shady Ladies tour looks at art that focused on courtesans and royal mistresses (covering the period from Ancient Greece to belle epoque Paris), the Nasty Women tour highlights art that included feisty, path-breaking women in history who became a subject of fascination for artists, which runs the gamut from a female pharaoh of Ancient Egypt to Georgia O’Keeffe and Gertrude Stein. Both tours focus on the stories behind the art work that is shown, and both take in a number of collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Both tours are two hours long and meet in the lobby of the museum. Another tour, called “Rebels and Scandals” is planned to begin summer 2017. For prices, meeting times and more information, visit the website.