Can an urban landscape be experienced through representation?
A number of factors can shape the way one looks at and relates to a city—one’s social class, gender, profession, identity as a resident or visitor, native or foreigner, etc. The artist who hopes to find a buyer for scenes of a particular city must, therefore, consider his or her audience carefully. What will that audience want to see in the city? What will that audience expect from it? Both Hiroshige in his Edo street scene and Vermeer in his Delft cityscape appeal to the aesthetic tastes, cultural values, and economic means of their intended viewers.