Oscar Wilde Tours, popular purveyor of LGBTQ+ museum tours, will present Unhung Heroes of the Metropolitan, a Zoom tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most illustrious male body parts on Saturday, September 12 at 2:00PM EST.
Guided by Professor Andrew Lear, the online tour explores male members in paintings and sculptures across the Metropolitan. Are these artworks true to life size? Were men really smaller once upon a time? And who broke off the statues’ missing body parts? Is there hidden phallic symbolism in your favorite painting?
For art lovers who’ve ever wondered about these and other questions, this tour has the answers. Visitors learn about the aesthetic ideals of Greek culture and how they have affected the whole history of art without clothes.
Tickets to the online tour are $10 and available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unhung-heroes-of-the-metropolitan-museum-tickets-114332421350. A Zoom invite will be provided be provided by email.
Professor Lear has also partnered with independent film and television producer Caytha Jentis to launch Sexy Secrets of Great Art, a free YouTube series featuring abbreviated versions of his video tours. The most recent episode features highlights from Unhung Heroes of the Metropolitan and is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLUoEVRYR0Q&t=8s.
About Oscar Wilde Tours
Oscar Wilde Tours explores the art and culture produced by LGBTQ+ forebears, who count among their number such greats as Sappho and Socrates, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, Shakespeare, Tchaikovsky, Virginia Woolf and, of course, Oscar Wilde himself. Their contributions show that same-sex love has been at the heart of many of the world’s great cultural flowerings.
From ancient Greece and Rome to Edo-period Japan and Ottoman Istanbul; from Renaissance Florence to fin-de-siècle London; from the Paris of the Lost Generation to Weimar Berlin, Oscar Wilde Tours tells the stories of great moments in LGBTQ+ achievement through travel products and online experiences.