The Complete Taj Mahal

The Complete Taj Mahal

And the Riverfront Gardens of Agra

Book - 2006
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David Brown Book Co
The Taj Mahal is the unchallenged masterpiece of Mughal art and one of the most famous buildings in the world. Yet until now, there has been no full analysis of its architecture and meaning. Ebba Koch, the first western scholar since India's independence permitted to take measures of the complex, has been working on the palaces and gardens of Shah Jahan for thirty years, and on the Taj Mahal itself - the tomb of the emperor's wife, Mumtaz Mahal - for a decade. Here, in hundreds of new photographs and beautiful measured drawings by the Indian architect Richard A Barraud, she provides the first detailed documentation ever published on every building in the vast complex. The tomb represents the house of the queen in Paradise, and the author shows how its pattern was based on the palace gardens of the imperial family and great nobles that lined both sides of the river at Agra. She leads the reader on a walk that illuminates not only the white marble mausoleum but the mosque and guest house that flank it, the garden across which it is seen, the great gate, the forecourt and its bazaar streets, the quarters of the tomb attendants, subsidiary tombs, and finally the now completely lost bazaar and caravanserai complex. She gives special attention to the floral ornament - both the famous pietra dura inlay of hardstones in white marble, and the rich relief carving in marble and red sandstone. Reconstructions allow us to see the monument in the context of Shah Jahan's Agra, and the close encounter is framed by accounts of its design and construction, its symbolic meaning, and its history up to the present day.
The Taj Mahal is the unchallenged masterpiece of Mughal art and one of the most famous buildings in the world. Yet until now, there has been no full analysis of its architecture and meaning.

Baker & Taylor
Featuring more than 375 illustrations, photographs, and architectural renderings, a compelling study of the Taj Mahal and the lost Agra gardens provides a close-up look at this great monument to Mughal art, offering a detailed analysis of the architecture and meaning of the complex, its various buildings, its design and construction, and its history up to the present day.

Norton Pub
The Taj Mahal is the unchallenged masterpiece of Mughal art and one of the most famous buildings in the world. Yet until now, there has been no full analysis of its architecture and meaning. Ebba Koch, the first western scholar since India's independence permitted to take measures of the complex, has been working on the palaces and gardens of Shah Jahan for thirty years, and on the Taj Mahal itself - the tomb of the emperor's wife, Mumtaz Mahal - for a decade. Here, in hundreds of new photographs and beautiful measured drawings by the Indian architect Richard A Barraud, she provides the first detailed documentation ever published on every building in the vast complex. The tomb represents the house of the queen in Paradise, and the author shows how its pattern was based on the palace gardens of the imperial family and great nobles that lined both sides of the river at Agra. She leads the reader on a walk that illuminates not only the white marble mausoleum but the mosque and guest house that flank it, the garden across which it is seen, the great gate, the forecourt and its bazaar streets, the quarters of the tomb attendants, subsidiary tombs, and finally the now completely lost bazaar and caravanserai complex. She gives special attention to the floral ornament - both the famous pietra dura inlay of hardstones in white marble, and the rich relief carving in marble and red sandstone. Reconstructions allow us to see the monument in the context of Shah Jahan's Agra, and the close encounter is framed by accounts of its design and construction, its symbolic meaning, and its history up to the present day.

Gardners
Leads the reader through the complex and gardens of the Taj Mahal, illustrated by hundreds of photographs and drawings and with an in-depth explanation of each building. This work gives an account of the mausoleum's urban setting, its design and construction, its symbolic meaning, and its history.

Baker
& Taylor

Looks at the Taj Mahal and the lost Agra gardens, offering a detailed analysis of the architecture and meaning of the complex, its various buildings, its design and construction, and its history up to the present day.

Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, 2006
Description: 288 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
ISBN: 9780500342091
0500342091
Branch Call Number: 726.8 Koc
Additional Contributors: Barraud, Richard André

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