Karen Wilkin: Dutch cities were not only seats of power, wealth, and intellectual life, but also sources of intense pride, as visible evidence of prosperity and civic order. In a small region where allegiance was often divided and subdivided into complicated factions, the distinctive appearance of an individual city—its harbor, its church towers, the rooflines of its public buildings, the shape of its defensive walls, and more—could be emblematic of identity, a sign of individuality and distinction. Dutch artists rose to the occasion, meeting the demand for the celebration of place by painting “portraits” of skylines, distinctive locations, and important buildings, and creating, along the way, an entirely new genre: the cityscape.
Vergelijk ook de verschillende stadsgezichten toen en nu. Ontnemen modernisten ons door lelijkheid onze identiteit?