At Home with Cesare Vianello – A Room With A View

“One doesn’t come to Italy for niceness,” was the retort; “one comes for life. Buon giorno! Buon giorno!”

E.M. Forster, A Room with a View

Cesare Vianello ( Venice , 1862 – Venice , 1953 ) Italian painter.

When looking from the inside out, it is good to have a room with a view. And what better prospect than to look out on the city of Venice. This painting comes from the paintbrush of the Italian artist, Cesare Vianello (1862-1953), known for his style of painting that depicts scenes from ordinary life, especially domestic situations.

The room is waiting for us to arrive for tea. The table, with the fresh flower arrangement, beckons us to one chair situated near to an open window with a clear view of the Venice city landscape. How wonderful it would be to stay for a gentle hour, sipping tea and looking out a window with a view.

Cesare Vianello understood the importance of home – a happy place to live, laugh, learn, feel safe and belong. If we look closely, the ordinary things – tea, flowers, tables, windows – in our lives become extraordinary simply because they give our days meaning and purpose.

To commemorate this unforgettable time and to recognize we are together in spirit, ChasingART is featuring paintings of homes in a series that reflects our current reality of social distancing, working and studying from home, and self-isolation.

25 Replies to “At Home with Cesare Vianello – A Room With A View”

  1. Oh Rebecca what an enchanting post and glorious picture. I simply Love paintings of rooms with windows, and have quite a collection of little gems.There’s something so enchanting about the domesticity of the rooms and the vista beyond… this is one of the best… quite apart from the breathtaking view, the room is so delicious too, from the painted frescoes around the ceiling, the delicate shade of pink on on the wall, the flowers growing in the urn, the lap – another ‘must’ in a room, as well as flowers, books and tea-cups, pictures and portraits and treasured china… as for the rugs… perfect… I bet you know CS Lewis’s; quote that he could never find a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough!

    1. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have tea together in that room, looking out over Venice? I felt a welcome sense of belonging when I viewed this painting for the first time, Valerie. It reminded me of all the rooms that have welcomed me over the years. Now, more than ever, we need to see our abodes as a place for peace, hope and healing. I think of this time as “homecoming.” And speaking of tea and C.S. Lewis, I just visited one of my favourite tea shoppes, Murchie’s just before Covid19 and stocked up on tea from “select gardens around the world.” I chose the “Queen Elizabeth II” package of six which included the Balmoral Blend, Diamond Jubilee Blend, and Queen Victoria Blend.” So I have a stack of books and all the tea I need for the coming winter months. I will be thinking of you drinking iced tea in your summer months. Hugs and more hugs coming your way.

    1. I was amazed by the number of paintings that show what happens inside homes, which gave me a wonderful sense that homes are the place where we create our lives. These past four months have been a testament to how important it is to celebrate, as you say, “being at home. Thank you Resa, for stopping by. I love our conversations.

      1. Me too, I love our conversations, too!
        Being at home works for me. It’s the place and the time to create!

    1. I am delighted that we have connected and look forward to our ongoing conversations. Always a joy to meet up with a storyteller. Looking forward to following your adventures.

      1. A very good question!! I started to blog 10 years ago and realized that, for me, it was a way to record my thoughts on various topics. Each one is different than the other, and some more active. I wrote up a paragraph as a way to explain how they came into be. You would be probably interested in, which is how I connect with my world via photography, and which is my podcasting page. Check out this link. Looking forward to our ongoing dialogue. Take care

  2. Es ist die Genauigkeit von vielen kleinen Details, die mir beim Betrachten von Vianellos Bild auffallen. Die Malerei ist typisch für jene Zeit.

    1. Ich stimme zu – das Detail ist außergewöhnlich. Wir können sehen, wie ein Zuhause in dieser Zeit war, und uns vorstellen, in die Vergangenheit zu reisen.

  3. I really enjoyed reading and looking at the painting. It is unique that the table is set for only one, perhaps it suggests that it is a place of quiet reflection and meditation. I believe the scene outside, plainly seen from the open window, is part of the painting. I found a few minutes to find the details of the painting very delightful, actually! ! The conversation between you and Dave Astor about books is interesting, perhaps my search for these books would be worth my while. Thank you for your time to research and find information about this interesting artist.

    1. I am looking forward to reading the two books that Dave suggested and will keep you up to date on my progress. The one chair did give me pause, as did the one cup of tea. I believe that you are correct – this is a time of quiet reflect and mediation, which is in keeping with are current reality of solitude. So glad you enjoyed this post, Frances.

  4. I love this series about homes and want to walk into this painting to touch and feel every piece, run my hands across the yellow chair, smell the flowers, and just sit with a cup of tea and stare out the window. The detail on the rugs is amazing. Notice too that the room is evenly lit, no shadows or light variations which would be more realistic. (Just a slight shadow on floor, left in the frame) It’s as if Cesare Vianello wants us not to miss a thing by emphasizing everything equally. The room is rich with memories. Very nice.

    1. You are right, Mary Jo – the room IS evenly lit. I hadn’t thought of the lighting and went back to view the painting again. Given that Cesare Vianello went into infinite detail on the rug, the paintings, the furniture, he purposely chose to create a special lighting that showcased the entire room. My immediate reaction was to look out the window, but the room, with its warm welcome, kept me focused on the interior of the house. For one of Vianello’s outside paintings, check out this link:

  5. Wonderful post, Rebecca, with those wonderful far, closer, and close images of Venice indoors and out. Brought back fond memories of my two visits to that beautiful city. Cesare Vianello was quite a painter, and I’m glad you gave him a spotlight.

    1. I confess Dave, that I have no idea who Cesare Vianello was until I saw this painting that came in a tweet several months ago. I was immediately drawn to the empty room waiting for someone to arrive. Who made the tea? Who arranged the flowers? Why was there only one chair? Vianello enticed us with the possibility that this was our home where we would always be welcomed. I tried to find more background information on Vianello, and I will keep on digging. Just a thought Dave – do you have any novels that involve Venice?

      1. Rebecca, I also hadn’t heard of Cesare Vianello until seeing your post! His work is excellent, if the examples you showed are any indication. You asked several great questions.

        Off the top of my head, the novels I’ve read with a Venice setting include Henry James’ “The Aspern Papers” (very good) and Martin Cruz Smith’s “The Girl From Venice” (pretty good).

      2. Found “The Aspern Papers” and am still on the hunt from “The Girl From Venice” Oh – just found the Martin Cruz Smith. This should be a good read, considering he always wrote, “Gorky Park.” Thank you!!!

      3. You’re welcome, Rebecca! “Gorky Park” and most of its sequels are better than “The Girl From Venice,” but “The Girl From Venice” isn’t bad. I think Martin Cruz Smith’s best stand-alone novel is “Rose” — an intense book set in a 19th-century English mining town. As for “The Aspern Papers,” it’s one of Henry James’ shorter novels, and a creepy gem.

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