Abigail R. Esman is an award-winning author-journalist who divides her time
between New York and the Netherlands. Her work has appeared in Foreign Policy, Salon, Vogue and the Christian Science Monitor. She is currently working on a book about Muslim extremism and democracy in the West.
2006 marks Rembrandt's 400th birthday, and an array of exhibitions, from the sublime to the silly, will open in Amsterdam, Washington and beyond. As the aesthetic hype escalates, can great art withstand great commerce? Can consummate genius triumph over cute?