Overview for Mughal Architecture and Gardens
Mughal Architecture and Gardens reveals the grandeur of what is undoubtedly one of the most impressive groups of monuments and gardens ever to be ascribed to a single royal lineage. Innovative and inspirational, these sixteenth and seventeenth century constructions demonstrate the staggering wealth and power of those responsible for their creation, notably the emperors Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan.
Mughal architecture is a remarkable hybrid that fuses building forms, techniques and decorative schemes imported from Iran and Central Asia with long-established Indian materials and techniques. Whether it is the Taj Mahal in Agra, the Red Fort in Delhi, the pleasure pavilions of Fatehpur Sikri or the resorts of Kashmir, the results are both structurally innovative and aesthetically spectacular, a testament to the genius of Indian masons and craftsmen.
This lavish volume documents over 100 Mughal monuments and gardens in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, supported by specially commissioned building plans, site layouts and city maps. Sumptuously illustrated with more than 250 stunning colour photographs by Amit Pasricha, one of the most talented architectural photographers working in India today, and with a text by renowned architectural historian George Michell, this magnificent book is the quintessential guide to Mughal architecture and garden design.
George Michell (Author)
George Michell obtained his PhD in the field of early western Chalukya temple architecture from the School of Oriental African Studies, University of London, in 1974. From 1974 to 1977, he directed courses on Asian architecture at the Architectural Association, London, and was the co-editor of Art and Archaeology Research Papers from 1972 to 1982. Since the 1980s, he has co-directed an international team of scholars and students at Vijayanagara, the medieval Hindu site in Karnataka. George Michell has also lectured at universities and museums throughout the USA, Europe, India and Australia. Among his many Publications are The Royal Palaces of India, Islamic Heritage of the Deccan, Architecture of the Islamic World: Its History and Social Meaning and Hindu Art and Architecture.
Amit Pasricha (Photography)
Amit Pasricha lives in New Delhi and comes from a family of photographers. India's foremost panoramic photographer, he is well known for his architectural and social documentary work and has been exhibited in India, London and New York, Pasricha's most recent publications are the panoramic collector's editions, The Monumental India Book (acclaimed as one of teh world's ten best coffee-table books fo 2009) and The Sacred India Book, winners of the Indian Tourism Award in 2008 and 2011 respectively.