Qajar Women and Madonnas? "Mother and Child" by Muhammad Hasan
Abstract The Qajar era produced a number of paintings that mirror the increasingly close contact Qajar Iran had with European countries and therefore with a Christian European painting tradition. Among them are several depictions of a woman with a child that have in the past been identified as interpretations of the Virgin Mary. A range of factors seem to support this claim while suggesting that this type of painting at the same time differs from most European Madonna-type images in a way that represents notions of gender and family in Qajar society.
Keywords Gender, Iran, 19th Century, Entangled Histories, Translation