Vertheim, Janna: Qajar Women and Madonnas? "Mother and Child" by Muhammad Hasan, in Troelenberg, Eva-Maria, Schankweiler, Kerstin und Messner, Anna Sophia (Hrsg.): Reading Objects in the Contact Zone, Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing, 2021 (Heidelberg Studies on Transculturality, Band 9), S. 164–171. https://doi.org/10.17885/heiup.766.c10420

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Janna Vertheim

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