This isn’t your typical guided museum tour. A group called Shady Ladies Tours wants to reveal the “Scandalous Secrets of the Metropolitan,” through a walking tour led by a professor specializing in erotic art.
Every Saturday at 4 p.m. after July 29, Professor of Classics Andrew Lear will explore saucy hidden meanings to be found in some of the Metropolitan’s greatest works of arts with a group of art lovers.
From the sexual taboos of ancient Greece and the naughty side of the Renaissance to biblical art and erotic imagery, the tour explores the sexual symbols in art that are often missed by the millions of tourists that visit the museum each year.
“Throughout the centuries, artists used sly suggestions and concealed codes to sneak around societal rules,” Professor Lear says in a press release. “Many artists risked their careers by depicting scandalous themes. Broken eggs symbolized lost virginity, lutes stood in for a man’s desires, and a lady’s slack shoulder strap suggested adultery. The Metropolitan is a treasure house of such works. If we know how to look at them, they tell us much about sex, desire and what it means to be human.”
Tickets for Scandalous Secrets of the Metropolitan are $59 for adults, $49 for seniors and $35 for students.