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unable to buy a ticket- event brite said sales closed. I started trying at 1:50 very sad
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 ?
The famed Victorian 'society beauty' and high-class courtesan Lillie Langtry. True story : at one point her pet parrot escaped and she placed an advertisement in the London newspapers offering a reward for its return. One of the risqué 'gentlemen's papers' reprinted her ad verbatim but added the deadpan comment "We were in fact unaware that Mrs. Langtry kept a parrot. It is well known, however, that she has had a cockatoo."
Ya shady lady here made another blog post you might like!
Here's a Daumier cartoon that speaks of the culture of 19th century Paris, in which it was taken for granted that men had mistresses and were not attracted to their wives. The caption is: "I really like that little lady over there—even though she looks like my wife!"
Here's someone to ask in your tour: Kathy Nijimy
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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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Fright Night tour of the Metropolitan Museum 09/13/2021

Fright Night tour of the Metropolitan Museum

Once you’ve completed this tour, you’ll see the Met as more than just a house of art—it’s also a giant cemetery, a cabinet of curios and a map to the less-explored recesses of the human mind. Join us this Sun, October 31, 2021!

Fright Night tour of the Metropolitan Museum Come see the Met from a different angle—as a cemetery—with corpses, magic objects, ghosts—enough to make a great creepy Halloween afternoon!

Photos from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York's post 09/02/2021

This is a major news story in the art world--and it's about a painting on the Nasty Women tour!

We made it to 1,000 + subscribers! Thank you! 09/02/2021

We made it to 1,000 + subscribers! Thank you!

Professor Andrew Lear wants to thank you all for subscribing to our growing Youtube channel and encourages new subscribers to join us! We greatly appreciate your support!
Video Episodes:
Episode 1: The Birth of Erotic Art. https://youtu.be/zB2-_Lol8MU
Episode 2: Bathing Beauties of the Bible. https://youtu.be/qxVHXai4HKg
Episode 3: Sexy Saints. https://youtu.be/QRl86pipyVc
Episode 4: Unhung Heroes of the Metropolitan Museum https://youtu.be/yLUoEVRYR0Q
Episode 5: Lady Parts. https://youtu.be/V3TIbPS5u3g
Episode 6: Stately Secrets https://youtu.be/8yc2S-8nkSs

We made it to 1,000 + subscribers! Thank you! Professor Andrew Lear wants to thank you all for subscribing and encourages new subscribers to join us! We greatly appreciate your support!Video Episodes:Epi...

America's Forgotten Mass Imprisonment of Women Believed to Be Sexually Immoral 09/01/2021

America's Forgotten Mass Imprisonment of Women Believed to Be Sexually Immoral

To think this went on so recently! https://www.history.com/news/chamberlain-kahn-act-std-venereal-disease-imprisonment-women?fbclid=IwAR1s36XcN3SBj176-Qf5jU0U0f05cwj_mCeMPA3AUjUKfDuUjI9V94Pe2wI

America's Forgotten Mass Imprisonment of Women Believed to Be Sexually Immoral Under the 'American Plan,' women could be detained for sitting in a restaurant alone, changing jobs—or, often, for no reason at all.

La Castiglione: Model, Muse, Mistress, Narcissist, and Queen of 19th century Selfie Drama 09/01/2021

La Castiglione: Model, Muse, Mistress, Narcissist, and Queen of 19th century Selfie Drama

📺 Watch La Castiglione: Model, Muse, Mistress, Narcissist, and Queen of 19th century Selfie Drama: Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione (1837 – 1899) was an Italian aristocrat, a secret agent/courtesan sent to plead the cause of Italian unity with Emperor Napoleon III, and a photographic artist whose association with French photographer Pierre-Louise Pierson from 1856 to 1895 resulted in about 700 portraits of herself (Metropolitan Museum, Réunion des Musées Nationaux), many of them extravagant, excentric, and truly fascinating. Watch her story.
https://youtu.be/KvR4ckW2Udc

La Castiglione: Model, Muse, Mistress, Narcissist, and Queen of 19th century Selfie Drama Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione (1837 – 1899) was an Italian aristocrat, a secret agent/courtesan sent to plead the cause of Italian unity with Emp...

08/30/2021

Sai Jinhua ("excellent golden flower") was born in Beijing around 1872 and orphaned by age 12. Her only option was prostitution. She developed a relationship with one of her wealthiest clients — an aging ambassador who took Jinhua to Europe with him where she learned fluent German. International travel was highly unusual for Chinese women at the time, making Jinhua quite unique. When the ambassador died, his family kicked her out. Penniless, she went back to prostitution.

Eventually, Jinhua opened a high-end brothel in Beijing, a favorite spot for local dignitaries. Then came the Boxer Rebellion. Rebels were hell-bent on ridding China of external influences, and foreigners were being murdered. In response, allied forces — led by German commander Alfred Graf Von Waldersee — seized control of Beijing. This was Jinhua's chance to shine. Using her fluent German, Jinhua mediated between the Germans and the Chinese. And the German occupation proved prosperous for business; she regularly provided girls for the soldiers and started a relationship with Von Waldersee himself. Jinhua also used her influence to free Chinese political prisoners.

In China, she was somewhat controversial; some thought her a hero, others a traitor. However, after the death of a brothel girl, Jinhua was banished from Beijing. She married two more times but always came away broke. Eventually, she settled in a shack in Tianqiao until she died in 1936.

History of Venetian Courtesans 08/30/2021

History of Venetian Courtesans

📺 Watch The History of Venetian Courtesans:
Lust, luxury, and free-spirit were the trademarks of the elite s*x workers of 16th-century Venice. Please ✨ Like ✨ our video and 🦜 Subscribe to our channel 🌺

https://youtu.be/E2ovvLcPL-4

History of Venetian Courtesans Lust, luxury, and free-spirit were the trademarks of the elite s*x worker of 16th-century Venice. Learn more about the fascinating stories of the most scanda...

Episode 6: Stately Secrets 08/29/2021

Episode 6: Stately Secrets

📺 Watch Episode 6: Stately Homes
One of the great things about England is its so-called Stately Homes: mansions, palaces, and castles that dot the countryside, with fabulous collections, amazing gardens—and wonderful, racy stories! Learn about three of the best on this video, with the secret 19th century diaries that revealed the story of Britain’s first le***an marriage, the two generations of scandals that gave birth to Brideshead Revisited, and the gigantic house and torrid affairs of Virginia Woolf’s great love….
https://youtu.be/8yc2S-8nkSs

Episode 6: Stately Secrets website: https://www.shadyladiestours.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShadyLadiesToursOne of the great things about England is its so-called Stately Ho...

A Restored Vermeer Painting Reveals a Hidden Cupid Artwork Hanging in the Background 08/29/2021

A Restored Vermeer Painting Reveals a Hidden Cupid Artwork Hanging in the Background

Professor Lear often says that in art the only letters women read are love letters. How nice that this restoration confirms that interpretation of this painting, as Cupid originally oversaw the letter-reading: https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2021/08/vermeer-cupid-painting/?fbclid=IwAR3cc22KjuVBQwVb0vwjWoi90nplR5aP5AScJbjoieoAi_-3ud4wEU_3TLM

A Restored Vermeer Painting Reveals a Hidden Cupid Artwork Hanging in the Background A years-long restoration undertaken by the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden has entirely altered the understanding of a 17th-century painting by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. What was once thought to be a somewhat glum depiction of a young girl reading near a window is now an amorous por...

The Rise and Fall of Tudor England's Scandalous Boleyn Family 08/23/2021

The Rise and Fall of Tudor England's Scandalous Boleyn Family

People tend to forget that she was a royal mistress (like her sister before her): https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rise-and-fall-tudor-englands-scandalous-boleyn-family-180978480/?fbclid=IwAR1t5FblSt89aIyM_IavpWJrzrFwoUdAEdMrKpY6MdjWhVKR1id_rNQaJto

The Rise and Fall of Tudor England's Scandalous Boleyn Family A new documentary offers a more sympathetic view of Henry VIII's second wife, Anne Boleyn, and her inner circle

Josephine Baker to become first Black woman to enter France’s Pantheon 08/22/2021

Josephine Baker to become first Black woman to enter France’s Pantheon

Great news about an amazing woman (and quite a Shady Lady too!): https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/22/josephine-baker-to-become-first-black-woman-to-enter-frances-pantheon?fbclid=IwAR3fC0K8OaeFTS1Oala_ljyt8colvUERvDTEk2w5miuYUJUS1PGWklER7jo

Josephine Baker to become first Black woman to enter France’s Pantheon Performer who became part of the French resistance will be moved to the mausoleum in November

All the places in NYC requiring proof of vaccination | 6sqft 08/17/2021

All the places in NYC requiring proof of vaccination | 6sqft

Now that museums will require vaccination, maybe the Met will be able to allow tours... https://www.6sqft.com/all-of-the-places-in-nyc-requiring-proof-of-vaccination/?fbclid=IwAR3zZC5rmA3PjH2A5iMmlsnawyzQijopImjYIikS8x6iGTPwljTsPROdISQ

All the places in NYC requiring proof of vaccination | 6sqft Starting Tuesday, New Yorkers aged 12 and older must be vaccinated against the coronavirus to partake in indoor dining, fitness, and entertainment.

Meet the woman who inspired Netflix’s 'Emily in Paris' 08/15/2021

Meet the woman who inspired Netflix’s 'Emily in Paris'

Did you think Emily was too stereotyped? Check out the real background: https://www.connexionfrance.com/People/Interviews/Meet-the-American-woman-Joanna-Leffler-who-inspired-Netflix-s-Emily-in-Paris?fbclid=IwAR1lLGA-vk1m6mjpfJKo35JHNSnRJnjKYuSJR_p7SbJhjVMZuvE4OPEB2PI

Meet the woman who inspired Netflix’s 'Emily in Paris' Meet the woman who inspired Netflix’s 'Emily in Paris'

Episode 6: Stately Secrets 08/10/2021

Episode 6: Stately Secrets

Episode 6: Stately Secrets website: https://www.shadyladiestours.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShadyLadiesToursOne of the great things about England is its so-called Stately Ho...

Revisiting the Myth of Mata Hari, From Sultry Spy to Government Scapegoat 08/09/2021

Revisiting the Myth of Mata Hari, From Sultry Spy to Government Scapegoat

A great story of self-invention, and in the end of injustice: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/revisiting-myth-mata-hari-sultry-spy-government-scapegoat-180967013/?fbclid=IwAR1DxuafNnghmFXb2AbBtUugsOxCvfJmUBc589zrbVHOo0trb9QfFlbElCE

Revisiting the Myth of Mata Hari, From Sultry Spy to Government Scapegoat One hundred years after her death, a new exhibit is putting the spotlight on the dancer’s life and legacy

Emily in Paris on Netflix: the shooting of season 2 annoys many Parisians – News Séries 08/07/2021

Emily in Paris on Netflix: the shooting of season 2 annoys many Parisians – News Séries

Trouble in paradise? https://news.in-24.com/lifestyle/news/89130.html?fbclid=IwAR3opUJ0CCLCAV4STy5SmXzML9JItRwtADCXomZ7b098ajdFm5Cdh0__3vQ

Emily in Paris on Netflix: the shooting of season 2 annoys many Parisians – News Séries Success of the Netflix platform, the series “Emily In Paris” is soon back. The shooting of season 2 has taken over the streets of Paris for a few weeks, but city dwellers are beginning to lose patience. Netflix Code name : Charade. In the streets of the capital, the series Emily in Paris borrows...

Shady Ladies updated their address. 08/06/2021

Shady Ladies updated their address.

Shady Ladies updated their address.

Timeline Photos 07/26/2021

Louis XIV and his mistress Madame de Montespan (the 2nd major mistress of 3) had a number of children, whom Louis declared legitimate (kings could do those things back then) and ennobled. This is the 2nd son, the Comte de Toulouse

Louis XIV avait envisagé d’introduire l’usage de faire appeler, son légitimé le comte de Toulouse, « Monsieur le Comte » tout court.

07/20/2021

Why does the person in the middle of this painting *not* have any facial hair? Find out on the LGBT+ Secrets of the Met tour with Professor Andrew Lear, this Wednesday evening (or watch the video at your convenience for 2 weeks): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/160906446513

Why does the person in the middle of this painting *not* have any facial hair? Find out on the LGBT+ Secrets of the Met tour with Professor Andrew Lear, this Wednesday evening (or watch the video at your convenience for 2 weeks): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/160906446513

Celebrating the life and loves of Frida Kahlo, Mexico's most famous bis*xual 07/19/2021

Celebrating the life and loves of Frida Kahlo, Mexico's most famous bis*xual

Someone who had a really racy life: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2021/07/06/frida-kahlo-birthday-bis*xual-artist/?fbclid=IwAR0uDGImqTXqovEW0pU0nTzl8oJS-eZzxLifaGQecavDQ0zOjYg2o0oD16A

Celebrating the life and loves of Frida Kahlo, Mexico's most famous bis*xual On what would've been Frida Kahlo's 103rd birthday, we celebrate the visionary Mexican bis*xual who remains a global LGBT+ icon.

07/10/2021

What was life like in Belle Epoque brothels? Find out at Historic Brothels of Belle Epoque Paris, with Professor Andrew Lear and the ultimate Paris guide, Edith de Belleville. Watch it live this afternoon, or watch in video for 2 weeks: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/157433522905

What was life like in Belle Epoque brothels? Find out at Historic Brothels of Belle Epoque Paris, with Professor Andrew Lear and the ultimate Paris guide, Edith de Belleville. Watch it live this afternoon, or watch in video for 2 weeks: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/157433522905

07/07/2021

Learn about the great age of the brothel at Historic Brothels of Belle Epoque Paris, this Saturday (or watch in video at your own convenience for 2 weeks): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/157433522905

Learn about the great age of the brothel at Historic Brothels of Belle Epoque Paris, this Saturday (or watch in video at your own convenience for 2 weeks): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/157433522905

Sakuran (trailer with English subs) 07/07/2021

Sakuran (trailer with English subs)

Here's something cool: a Japanese pop movie about a courtesan (oiran in Japanese)! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mI_KSRbFMME

Sakuran (trailer with English subs) Japan Cuts 2008 Feature Filmmore info: http://www.japansociety.org/japancutsSakuranby art photographer Mika Ninagawa; Official Selection, Berlin 2007; NY Pre...

07/07/2021

Sophia Baddeley was a legendary 18th-century English singer and Shakespearean actor who starred as Ophelia in 1765 rendition of Hamlet. At the height of her success and after separating from her husband in 1770, she discovered that she could sustain herself financially by finding wealthy benefactors, establishing herself as a courtesan to them.

Probably her best-known lover was Pen*ston Lamb, 1st Viscount Melbourne. She was famous for her beauty, and was also noted for her extravagant lifestyle.

Her overspending and ultimate failure in managing her finances eventually obliged her to take refuge from her creditors in Dublin, Ireland and later Edinburgh, Scotland. Her benefactors gone, and her own health in decline, she made her last appearance on the stage in Edinburgh in 1785. She died of consumption, aged 41, the following year.

Sophia Baddeley was a legendary 18th-century English singer and Shakespearean actor who starred as Ophelia in 1765 rendition of Hamlet. At the height of her success and after separating from her husband in 1770, she discovered that she could sustain herself financially by finding wealthy benefactors, establishing herself as a courtesan to them.

Probably her best-known lover was Pen*ston Lamb, 1st Viscount Melbourne. She was famous for her beauty, and was also noted for her extravagant lifestyle.

Her overspending and ultimate failure in managing her finances eventually obliged her to take refuge from her creditors in Dublin, Ireland and later Edinburgh, Scotland. Her benefactors gone, and her own health in decline, she made her last appearance on the stage in Edinburgh in 1785. She died of consumption, aged 41, the following year.

07/07/2021

Historic Brothels of Paris

Sat. July 10th @ 2 pm, Follow Andrew & Edith into this other world, and they will tell you all the s*xy secrets of the brothels of Paris! Take the tour, tickets are just $12 bit.ly/3xp2w7k

07/06/2021

Zoom Tour of the Historic Brothels of Paris

Come visit the glamorous brothels of Belle Époque Paris, where VIPs, Champagne —and fantasies—were found.

Timeline Photos 07/01/2021

Happy Birthday to one of history’s great racy people!

Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, or best known by her pen name, George Sand, was born #OnThisDay in 1804. Dupin rose to prominence as a French Romantic writer whose works displayed love and understanding of the countryside. Not only was she a prolific writer, but she also scandalized French society by flouting conventions of traditional marriage, donning men’s attire in public, and having many high-profile romantic affairs. Isabella placed this portrait of Dupin in the Short Gallery.

Image: Luigi Calamatta, George Sand (detail), 1840. Engraving.

06/27/2021

Find out about 1920s fashion and its many it-girls at Fashion and Passion in 1920s Paris, this afternoon (or watch on video at your convenience for 2 weeks): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/157659324283

Find out about 1920s fashion and its many it-girls at Fashion and Passion in 1920s Paris, this afternoon (or watch on video at your convenience for 2 weeks): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/157659324283

06/26/2021

When did modern lifestyles and fashions start? Find out at "Fashion and Passion in Roaring Twenties Paris" tomorrow, Sunday 6/26 (or watch on video for 2 weeks at your convenience): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/157659324283
Edith de BellevilleEdith de Belleville, Tour Guide in Paris.La Vie Parisienne

This New Monument in Paris Is Like a Mini Versailles 06/26/2021

This New Monument in Paris Is Like a Mini Versailles

something new and great to see when you're in Paris: https://www.afar.com/magazine/the-hotel-de-la-marine-reopens-in-paris?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=062421%20MiniVersailles&utm_term=Daily%20Wander%20%28Have%20opened%20newsletter%20before%29

This New Monument in Paris Is Like a Mini Versailles The home of the French Navy Ministry from 1789 to 2015, the Hôtel de la Marine has reopened as a museum for the first time since the 18th century.

Fashion and Passion in the Roaring Twenties 06/24/2021

Fashion and Passion in the Roaring Twenties

Ladies, put on your little black dress, your string of pearls—and don’t forget your cigarette holder! Learn how women were finally liberated in the 1920s—after centuries of corsets, miles of cloth, and shoes made for everything but walking.

Fashion and Passion in the Roaring Twenties Come let Edith de Belleville and Professor Andrew Lear guide you through the fashions of Paris' most exciting decade, the Roaring Twenties!

06/22/2021

Learn about the it-girls of the 1920s Paris and their styles this Sunday (or watch on video at your convenience for 2 weeks): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/157659324283

Learn about the it-girls of the 1920s Paris and their styles this Sunday (or watch on video at your convenience for 2 weeks): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/157659324283

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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