Unhung Heroes of the Met - Museum Tour at 1pm

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 Fifth Ave At 82nd Street · New York, NY

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Ascend the main staircase and enter the Great Hall. We meet to the right, beside the 10-foot-tall Egyptian statue of a seated pharaoh.

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On Saturday, July 27, Out Professionals presents "Unhung Heroes," a private, two-hour tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art conducted by classics professor Andrew Lear, a specialist in ancient Greek art and sexuality.

According to Artsy's Alexxa Gotthardt, "Contemporary art lovers and historians have been struck by the modest nature of the phalluses that feature in classical sculptures of gods, emperors, and other elite men -- from Zeus to celebrated athletes. The small members seem at odds with the massive bodies and mythically large personalities they accompany."

But as Professor Lear explains, the ancient Greeks had their reasons for this aesthetic choice: "Large phalluses represented gluttonous appetites, while gods and heroes were honored for their restraint."

Lear suggests this may be why artists of the age depicted male nudes so often, even when a character or narrative might not require it: “They used the penis as an index of character. It said something.”

During this tour we’ll discuss different thinking about the male member throughout history, including…

• Find out what the ancient Greeks thought about circumcision?
• Did Christians really break off male anatomy from Greek and Roman statues?
• See the biggest phallic symbols at the Met and find out what they really mean.
• Find out how to spot a “sex joke” in a Renaissance Dutch painting.
• What are breasts so far apart in Renaissance nudes and why did they move very close together in 18th century art?
• Hear about why and how Rodin edited a model for a famous statue to make him look more classically Greek.

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 of the Luxury Travel Guide’s 2016 award, LGBT Tour Operator of the Year.


Limited to 20 persons each, today's tours depart promptly at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and last approximately two hours. Your Out Professionals ticket includes admission to the Met’s galleries, cafe and store until 9 p.m. “Unhung Heroes" is not an official Met offering.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street. Subway: Q/4/5 to 86th Street, 6 to 77th Street. Ascend the main staircase and enter the Great Hall. We meet to the right, beside the 10-foot-tall Egyptian statue of a seated pharaoh. NOTE: Allow a minimum of 15 minutes to walk from the subway. Expect weekend crowds. Plan to meet at the pharaoh at least 15 minutes before tour departure. (Repeat ticket buyers, please note: The main entrance may be different from the entrance you used on a previous tour.)

Nonmember, $55, museum entry included. Dues-paying OP Member, $45. Met Museum member or student, $45. Sorry, no refunds or exchanges. Quick response advised: These private tours typically sell out in record time. Advance ticketing ends at noon on Friday, July 26. Pocket a copy of your online receipt; thanks! Museum member or student: Your Met or student ID is required. Sorry, no walk-ins.


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