This catalog is published to coincide with an exhibition the first to focus on women in the art of Rembrandt being held at the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, and the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Edited by the assistant keeper of Dutch art at the National Gallery of Scotland and including essays by various international scholars, the book considers how the physical features of three key female figures in the life of Rembrandt (Saskia, Geertje, and Hendrickje) might have been translated to the female figures in Rembrandt's art. The text also explores the status of the different classes of women in 17th-century Holland, showing that because the reputations of chaste women were highly valued, it was probably the prostitutes who served as the nude models for Dutch artists. A discussion of the clothing shown in the portraits concludes that many of the fanciful costumes were taken from a vocabulary of dress borrowed from previous periods in art history such as the Italian Renaissance with its velvets, brocades, and fitted bodices. Beautiful reproductions accompany scholarly catalog entries on each artwork in the exhibition. Recommended for all art collections. Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Coll. Lib., MA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.