The craziest thing about the Peppermill Resort in Reno

photograph of Alma-Tadema's original painting, "Ask Me No More" from Wikimedia Commons

Mind you, all large resort hotels with casinos have a lot of craziness in them. But apart from the long walks across skyways and up and down lifts in order to get from the parking lot to the room to the exhibit, the thing that simultaneously bothered me and amused me the most was the bad replicas of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s paintings all over the hallways and in the bedrooms.

I doubt most of the hotel guests (including my husband, though we have a huge Alma-Tadema poster on our bedroom wall) recognized the source of the paintings, but I fell in love with Alma-Tadema’s work when I was an undergraduate, and I confess I felt quite insulted on his behalf. Not to mention the fact that the people hanging the paintings weren’t paying much attention: there were two slightly different replicas of “Ask Me No More” in the same hallway.

photograph of the first replica of Alma-Tadema's "Ask Me No More" from the 3rd floor of the Peppermill Resort in Reno
First replica of Alma-Tadema’s “Ask Me No More” on the third floor of the Peppermill Resort in Reno.
photograph of the second replica of Alma-Tadema's painting Ask Me No More on the third floor of the Peppermill Resort in Reno
The second replica of Alma-Tadema’s “Ask Me No More” on the third floor of the Peppermill Resort in Reno.

And here’s the original (photo from Wikimedia Commons). Isn’t that just inexpressibly better?

photograph of Alma-Tadema's original painting, "Ask Me No More" from Wikimedia Commons
Lawrence Alma-Tadema, “Ask Me No More” [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Bad art. Just say no.

Sallie
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