LGBTQ+ Secrets of Great Art Museums With Professor Andrew Lear

June 16, 2022

Event Overview Tab


Cleary Gottlieb hosted, “LGBTQ+ Secrets of Great Art Museums,” with Professor Andrew Lear as part of its global Pride Month celebration.

The groundbreaking virtual tour included LGBTQ+ stories and history hiding in some of the world’s greatest art treasure houses. The tour explored a secret LGBTQ+ trail through great art museums, covering every sector of the rainbow community, with historic topics including:

  • A Roman emperor and his male lover who became a god.
  • The gay man who was the first Black artist displayed at the Met.
  • John Singer Sargent’s secret obsession with a Black gay man.
  • Lesbian lovers from ancient Greece, classical China, and Belle Époque Paris.
  • A lesbian sculptor from 19th century Boston.
  • The gender-queer star of the French 19th century art world.
  • An intersex god from ancient Rome.
  • Drag acts from classical Japan and Golden Age Holland.
  • A castrato singer from Baroque Rome and his Cardinal lover.

Professor Andrew Lear is a retired professor of ancient Greek—and a world expert on same-sex love in ancient Greek culture and art. He is the founder of Oscar Wilde Tours, the world’s first and only LGBTQ+ history and art tour company, and Shady Ladies Tours, a women’s history and art tour company. He is also working with author/actor Stephen Fry to develop TV programming on LGBTQ history and culture.

Cleary is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. The firm regularly hosts important cultural events and guest speakers whose presentations afford opportunities to broaden awareness, heighten the level of discussion, and establish a culture of inclusion at the firm. To learn more about Cleary’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, click here.