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Join Shady Ladies and let world renowned expert on s*xuality in art Professor Andrew Lear introduce you to this intriguing side of Paris, from Catherine de Médicis (and her arch-rival, Duchess Diane de Poitiers) to racy, modern women such as Sarah Bernhardt, Colette, and Coco Chanel. Paris, France Paris, France Musée d'Orsay Musée du Louvre Paris - La Tour Eiffel
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Don't forget to look at the beautiful picture of Joan of Arc at the Met. A wonderful tribute to a brave woman.
Do you have any tickets for 11:00 am tour on January 19th ?

Shady Ladies Tours uncovers the s*xy secrets of the world's great cities and museums with tours designed by eminent s*x historian Andrew Lear.

Call (646) 201-4848 for more information. In 2016, try our tours of the Metropolitan Museum in New York: "Shady Ladies at the Met" (about courtesans and royal mistresses in the world's art), "Scandalous Seductions at the Met" (about the intersection of s*x and scandal and art), and "Gay Secrets at the Met" (about the hidden gay history in the Met's collections). Discover the s*xy side of history and art on New York's most intriguing art museum tours!

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History of female breasts of the Renaissance 04/21/2022

History of female breasts of the Renaissance

History of female breasts of the Renaissance Pen*ses in art are bigger or smaller in different periods for symbolic reasons. Breasts also change a lot from one artistic period to the other. They go up, ...

Photos from Edith de Belleville Auteure's post 04/19/2022

The throng and procession at the funeral of one of the greatest Shady Ladies--and the first really international celeb--Sarah Bernhardt:

04/13/2022

Celebrate the Met's birthday! 152.....

Happy birthday to us! 🎉🎉🎉 On April 13, 1870—152 years ago today—The Met was founded by a group of Americans wishing to bring art and art education to all.

Celebrate with us! We’ve got a few ideas on how…

📲 Explore the history of the Museum: met.org/MakingTheMet

📸 Download, remix, and share more than 406,000 images in our Open Access collection: met.org/OpenAccess

🎨 Read, watch, and listen to hundreds of stories about art and artists across time and space on the #MetPerspectives on our website: metmuseum.org/Perspectives

🏛 Stop by! Plan a visit to the galleries or one of our many programs and events: met.org/Visit

Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue Facade, view with people facing northwest showing main facade with Wings D, E, and H, May 12, 1917.

How Paris Invented Haute Cuisine 04/09/2022

How Paris Invented Haute Cuisine

Some fun reading for your Saturday from our friend Alix Cohen: https://www.womanaroundtown.com/sections/playing-around/how-paris-invented-haute-cuisine/

How Paris Invented Haute Cuisine Based in part on a Shady Ladies lecture by Edith de Belleville and Andrew Lear “People say French cooking started with Italians- when French girls married into the Medici family,” begins Edith de Belleville. “I disagree. The French did more than create recipes (and cookbooks), they built an en...

04/08/2022

People are always asking if we have more about some shady men. Now look at this innocent-looking Scottish lad from the Metropolitan Museum, William Fraser of Reelig, painted in 1801 by Henry Raeburn. Then read about is life as a colonial servant of the East India Company: "William fell under the Mughal spell, fathering numerous children from his harem of five or six Muslim and Hindu wives. He never returned to Scotland, for he was assassinated while commissioner of Delhi in 1835." !!!

03/30/2022

How Paris Invented Cuisine

Join us this Saturday! Discover a very Parisian story, with the first cookbook, the first restaurant, the first-star chef, and more—how cooking became cuisine! Register here 👉 bit.ly/3IKove5

France Suspends Most COVID Restrictions, Including Vaccine Pass 03/29/2022

France Suspends Most COVID Restrictions, Including Vaccine Pass

Travel to France is pretty much normalized. Think about coming to Paris with Professor Lear and Edith this summer! https://www.afar.com/magazine/us-travelers-to-france-now-need-negative-covid-test?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=032522%20CaribbeanMexico&utm_term=Daily%20Wander%20%28Have%20opened%20newsletter%20before%29

France Suspends Most COVID Restrictions, Including Vaccine Pass The U.S. has been moved to France’s “green list” of countries, meaning unvaccinated leisure travelers can now enter the country, too.

03/18/2022

Cleopatra has inspired artists and writers for generations as a subversive figure, with portrayals that elucidate each era’s attitudes. In Caesar and Cleopatra (1945), Cleopatra is depicted as a nymphet.
Gabriel Pascal directed the film Caesar and Cleopatra in 1945, almost fifty years after the production of the play on which it was based. That play, of the same title and written by George Bernard Shaw, was performed in 1899.

Cleopatra continued a distinguished line of pharaohs and has long been a symbol of female power. Her role was much different than that of the typical Egyptian woman’s, and her life much different as well. She was the sole ruler of the final kingdom of Ptolemaic Egypt—though at times her brothers ruled with her to uphold a traditional facade. Cleopatra was literate and spoke nine languages, according to Plutarch. But perhaps the most empowered portion of Cleopatra’s narrative is that of her romantic endeavors.
Though Cleopatra’s only recorded lovers are Mark Antony and the famous Julius Caesar, her s*xuality has become something of renown. This is because her lovers were public but privately selected by the queen herself. A typical royal romance in Egypt was arranged between the siblings for the purpose of keeping the bloodline pure. However, Cleopatra birthed heirs only from Roman men who served her political gains—unlike her brothers. She was ruthless in her pursuit of power, inspiring scholars and creatives for thousands of years.

(pictured) VIVIEN LEIGH AS CLEOPATRA

Renoir’s Women 03/17/2022

Renoir’s Women

A great article from our friend Alix Cohen: https://www.womanaroundtown.com/sections/playing-around/renoirs-women/

Renoir’s Women Based in part on a Shady Ladies lecture by Edith de Belleville with historian Andrew Lear. “I already was in love with women before I knew how to walk”  Renoir                          Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) was one of eight children born to parents of modest...

Americans in Paris: John Singer Sargent and Madame X 03/08/2022

Americans in Paris: John Singer Sargent and Madame X

More from our friend Alix Cohen: https://www.womanaroundtown.com/sections/playing-around/americans-in-paris-john-singer-sargent-and-madame-x/

Americans in Paris: John Singer Sargent and Madame X Based in part on a Shady Ladies lecture by Edith de Belleville with historian Andrew Lear. John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) is best known as a portrait painter of the rich and famous, a profession he apparently hated. (Eventually, the artist reverted to sketches which could be completed in one sittin...

Frédéric Chopin and George Sand 03/02/2022

Frédéric Chopin and George Sand

from our friend Alix Cohen of Woman Around Town: https://www.womanaroundtown.com/sections/playing-around/frederic-chopin-and-george-sand/

Frédéric Chopin and George Sand Based in part on a Shady Ladies lecture by Edith de Beauville and historian Professor Andrew Lear George Sand (born Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin-1804-1876), was one of the most popular writers of her era, respected and befriended by peers Honoré de Balzac, Victor Hugo, Gustave Flaubert, Ivan Turge...

This Is Your Brain on Heartbreak 02/23/2022

This Is Your Brain on Heartbreak

more from the ever-fascinating Helen Fisher about the science behind love and desire. Crushes, lust, pair-bonding: they are complex and sometimes hard to distinguish from each other—but they all are hard realities with their own brain chemistry....

This Is Your Brain on Heartbreak

02/22/2022

The smoking Hashish, (1900), by EmileBernard
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02/22/2022

Seen at The Met: Daphne1853, carved 1854 by Harriet Goodhue Hosmer

In Greek mythology, Apollo’s first love was Daphne, a nymph who shunned marriage and vowed perpetual virginity. Fleeing the god, Daphne prayed for help and was transformed into a laurel tree just as he was about to overtake her. Rather than depicting the dramatic moment of escape, Hosmer modeled a serene image and symbolized Daphne’s metamorphosis by terminating the bust in laurel branches. The work is true to Hosmer’s Neoclassical training in Rome, where she was one of a number of active American women sculptors.

02/22/2022

John William Waterhouse (1849-1927), British painter. The soul of the rose, 1908.

02/22/2022

Seen at The Met: Denise at Her Dressing Table, ca. 1908 by, Mary Cassatt.

Holding a hand mirror backed with green moiré, a pretty auburn-haired young woman—apparently a professional model that Mary Cassatt painted several times—studies her coiffure in a dressing table mirror. Although Cassatt portrayed a commonplace moment in daily life, she implied the broader theme of female vanity by emphasizing the play of reflections.

Many of Cassatt's late works signal her declining artistic skills (she stopped painting in 1914 because of failing eyesight). Yet Denise at Her Dressing Table shows her to have been in command of composition and the handling of paint as late as 1908–9. The model's head and face are especially appealing, and there are ravishing chromatic passages, notably in the soft pink-lavender dressing gown. The unfinished upper right corner reveals the gray ground and Cassatt's rapid brushwork.

02/22/2022

Great Paris Love Affairs: Chopin and George Sand, Zoom or video

Do opposites attract? Apparently they do! Chopin and George Sand: the ultimate dandy and the ultimate rebel. He: thin, pale, fastidious, one of the great Romantics but disdainful of Romanticism. She: a woman who left her husband, had several famous love affairs, supported herself by writing novels, wore trousers (when it was illegal!) and smoked ci**rs.
Register for this event: bit.ly/3s7kFGK

Queen Elizabeth announces she wants Camilla to be named Queen Consort when Charles becomes king 02/09/2022

Queen Elizabeth announces she wants Camilla to be named Queen Consort when Charles becomes king

The royal mistress will be Queen! Was the last one in Britain Anne Boleyn?
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/camilla-queen-consort-queen-elizabeth-jubilee-message/?fbclid=IwAR3BqEYApUMDT0wxhs9SxTI70sUY18VarpY5swyFX72q7OTa8tAlk-6St8Q

Queen Elizabeth announces she wants Camilla to be named Queen Consort when Charles becomes king When Prince Charles and Camilla married in 2005, Clarence House said Camilla's title would be "Princess Consort" when Charles became king.

Madame de Montespan - The Real Queen (of France) 02/09/2022

Madame de Montespan - The Real Queen (of France)

Check out this great article by Alix Cohen about Madame de Montespan (based on our event with Edith de Belleville): https://www.womanaroundtown.com/sections/playing-around/madame-de-montespan-the-real-queenof-france/

Madame de Montespan - The Real Queen (of France) Based on a Shady Lady lecture by Edith de Belleville. Françoise de Rochechouart’s path to becoming the favorite of Louis IV The Sun King, was paved with opportunity. Hers was one of the most well regarded noble families in France. Madame de Rochechouart acted as lady in waiting to Anna of Austria...

Picasso’s Muses 02/04/2022

Picasso’s Muses

See what our friend Alix Cohen has to say about our talks at Woman Around Town: https://www.womanaroundtown.com/sections/playing-around/picassos-muses/
Edith de Belleville

Picasso’s Muses Based on A Shady Lady Zoom Lecture by Edith de Belleville “According to artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), there were only two types of women – goddesses and doormats. We’re going to talk about how women influenced his art,” host Edith de Belleville begins. Pablo Ruiz (he changed it to Picass...

Pompeii's Long-buried Frescoes Come Back to Life 02/04/2022

Pompeii's Long-buried Frescoes Come Back to Life

Pompeii's Long-buried Frescoes Come Back to Life Pompeii in Color at New York University presents a scintillating close read on the fresco art of the lost city’s villas.

France Approves Return of Nazi-looted Artworks, Including Paintings by Gustav Klimt and Marc Chagall 01/29/2022

France Approves Return of Nazi-looted Artworks, Including Paintings by Gustav Klimt and Marc Chagall

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/france-approves-return-nazi-looted-artworks-gustav-klimt-marc-chagall-1234616738/

France Approves Return of Nazi-looted Artworks, Including Paintings by Gustav Klimt and Marc Chagall Among the collection is Klimt’s Roses Under the Trees, which was sold under duress in 1938.

01/24/2022

Madame de Montespan—the Woman Who Could Yell at Louis XIV

Who was the woman who could yell at Louis XIV? Who was the greatest of his mistresses? Come find out about a woman who lived life large! Register for this online event here ✨ bit.ly/3tUeR4Q
Sat, February 5, 2022 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST

01/22/2022

JOSEPHINE BAKER, c 1936
Here Ms. Baker is in costume, circa 1936, when she returned to the United States to star in the Ziegfield Follies which proved disastrous, despite the fact that she was a major celebrity in Europe.
American audiences (i.e., whites), rejected the idea of a black woman with so much sophistication and power, newspaper reviews were equally cruel (The New York Times called her a "Negro w***h"), and Josephine returned to Europe heartbroken. [The Official Site of Josephine Baker]

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01/19/2022

Courtesan by Eisho

01/18/2022

Smiling Girl, a Courtesan, Holding an Obscene Image, by Gerrit van Honthorst, Dutch, 1592–1656

At first glance this image appears to be a simple picture of a smiling young girl. It is in fact a prostitute’s portrait. Contemporary accounts record the display of painted likenesses of young women to advertise their availability. The medallion inscription, “Who can tell my backside from behind,” confirms the erotic nature of this image. The brilliant highlights that contrast against the dark background and the careful shading to create three-dimensionality were popular stylistic elements that the artist developed in Rome in the early 17th century. He has used them effectively to enhance the sitter’s physical presence.

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New York Women Who Shaped The Art World 01/18/2022

New York Women Who Shaped The Art World

Learn how two wealthy women artists used their influence to help establish modern art in early 20th century New York City, Take the Eventbrite tour! ✨👉 Register now bit.ly/3fBomgY

New York Women Who Shaped The Art World Learn how two wealthy women artists used their influence to help establish modern art in early 20th century New York City

Photos from Women from History's post 01/18/2022

Phryne was one of the great Shady Ladies of ancient Greece!

01/12/2022

GILDA ('46)

it never occurred to me, but it's obvious: the dress is inspired by Madame X!

New York Women Who Shaped The Art World 01/12/2022

New York Women Who Shaped The Art World

While we take New York City's first-rate art scene for granted these days, it could have easily never existed. Had it not been for a handful of women who decided to rebel against traditional lives in the domestic sphere, NYC may not have become a center for artistic imagination. This is the story of wealthy women artists from the early 20th century who devoted their time, money, and talent to making New York one of the premier locations of fine art in the world.

New York Women Who Shaped The Art World Learn how two wealthy women artists used their influence to help establish modern art in early 20th century New York City

Our Story

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 s*x-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?

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Renoir's Dancer, and Much More—the Life and Art of Suzanne Valadon
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The Emily in Paris tour of Paris

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