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TOUR THE MET’S ’GAY SECRETS I,' ENJOY A BLOCKBUSTER BONUS!

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CHOOSE EITHER EDITION OF PROFESSOR ANDREW LEAR’S ’GAY SECRETS OF THE MET,’ AND OUT PROFESSIONALS ADDS A TIMELY BONUS!!

On Saturday, January 20, Out Professionals invites you to enjoy a current and provocative bonus with either of Professor Andrew Lear’s sassy and scholarly tours, “Gay Secrets of the Met.” These private, two-hour explorations of homoerotic treasures from the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art highlight different masterpieces with backstories of particular interest to an LGBT audience.

Choose “Gay Secrets I” and you also get to view a few treasures from the current show, “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer.” Or choose “Gay Secrets II” and view several highlights from the current hit exhibition, “David Hockney.”

“Gay Secrets of the Met I” explores some of the famed museum’s choicest homoerotica, from ancient Greek nudes and erotic vase-painting to works from the Renaissance and the present day, many expressing same-gender desire. Famous artists and subjects appear, but so do lesser-known artists and works whose homoerotic charge is often ignored, including phallic totems from the Met’s Oceania collection.

“Gay Secrets of the Met II” highlights other intriguing examples of the Met’s closely guarded homoerotica. For Lear’s peerless insights on just one of the works in the Met’s unrivaled collection, visit The Gay and Lesbian Review. During this two-hour private tour, you learn the answers to these and other intriguing questions:

  • Why are the penises of Greek statues undersized?
  • Why do lace and feathers adorn male aristocrats?
  • Were these men really straight?
  • Why is Sappho shown seizing her breast?

A four-time winner of the Harvard Certificate for Excellence in Teaching. Professor Andrew Lear has taught art history and Classics at Harvard, Columbia and NYU. Lear is the founder of Oscar Wilde Tours, the first company to offer tours focused on LGBT history, and the winner of the Travel Industry’s 2016 Travvy Award for best escorted tour operator, LGBT; and the Luxury Travel Guide’s 2016 LGBT Tour Operator of the Year.


Photos: Antinoos, right, the young beloved of Roman emperor Hadrian, left, drowned in the Nile during an imperial visit in A.D. 130. In accord with Egyptian custom, the distraught emperor founded a cult venerating the dead youth. “The Sofa,” center, is one of a series by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec documenting Parisian prostitutes (1892-1896). The sitters are a lesbian couple.

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