Above: The Merode Altarpiece, Robert Campin Workshop, 1427-32, The Cloisters/Metropolitan Museum of Art
We can create a tour on any subject to suit your interests, budget and time constraints. Here are just a few ideas:
Highlights Tours -- On a highlights tour, lasting from two hours to two days, see the masterpieces at one to five museums of your choice.
Ancient Egypt -- In this two-hour tour at either the Met or the Brooklyn Museum, we'll peek at mummies, statues and tombs to uncover the secrets of a fascinating culture that spanned 3,000 years.
Love and Lust in Art -- For centuries, artists have found ways to translate erotic and emotional desires onto canvas, marble and more. We'll delve into the art of at least five cultures to unlock the tools and visual culture for expressing passion through the ages.
Food, Frolic and Festivals -- Grapes stomped into wine. Deer splayed and carved. Chocolate syrup teaming from goblets. From the Dionysian orgies of the Romans through the present day, artists have presented sumptuous food in all manner of visual feasts. Take a walk through the annals of food art and imbibe some samples -- with your eyes.
Canines in Art -- Kings, genies, gods and despots often appear in art with their canine besties at their feet. This tour will take you to no fewer than 2o works to find man's best friend, always close at hand.
The Impressionists -- New York City is home to some of the finest collections of Impressionist art in the world. This tour, based at either the Met or the Museum of Modern Art (or both), will trace the birth of Impressionism with a close examination of at least 25 works.
The Merode Altarpiece and the Cloisters -- No trip to New York City is complete without a tour to the Cloisters, specifically to see the exquisite Merode Altarpiece. On this tour, we will discuss this exquiste masterpiece as well as 20 others and learn the fascinating story of the Cloisters' creation on an exquisite knoll in Northern Manhattan (seasonal extra: a tour of the Cloisters gardens).
African-Americans and Art -- The heart of Jazz is also the best city in the world to see the work of African-American artists. From Kara Walker to Titus Kapur, Faith Ringgold to Romare Bearden, this tour will bring you to the sculptures, paintings and photography of the finest 20th-century black artists.
Family Wonders -- Based at the museum of your choice, our family tours start with a scavenger hunt to meet art from around the world and across the ages. Then, we visit the objects and chat and touch (with our eyes). Fun, adventure, and a tad of competition!