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Art and Architecture of the Taj Mahal, Agra

R. Nath (Author)
Synopsis This is a precise account of the Taj Mahal (1631-48 A.D.) which marks the perfect moment in the evolution of the Mughal Architecture of India and which is, in fact, the most beautiful monument of the medieval period. Though a vast subject, it has been dealt with here extremely briefly, covering such essential aspects of its history and architecture as the origin of its idea and design; selection of the site and land; engagement of builders and procurement of material; its basic lay-out and plan; organization of its garden-setting and its accessories; and, of course, its architecture--each in a small chapter. How it is a work of art, par excellence, more than architecture, has been explained. Such important and interesting aspects as its structure, and stresses and damage to which it is subjected; controversies related to it; and its estimate from art point of view, have also been briefly discussed. Essentially, It is a study of its art and architecture, hence its title. Though it is an uptodate research work on this great monument, it is written without its jargon, in a simple, readable form for the inquistive reader.
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About the author

R. Nath

Prof Ram Nath (born: 1933) was educated at St. John’s College, Agra. He passed his M.A. (History) in I Dn with first position. He did his Ph.D. and D.Litt. on Mughal monuments of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Delhi from the Agra University. He taught at Agra College as Lecturer (1965-75) and University of Rajasthan, Jaipur as Reader and Professor (1979-93). He is dedicated to higher research in Medieval Indian Architecture which he has studied in the field. He has worked at more than 45 historical sites, mainly of Western India, during the last three decades. He was the recipient of several research fellowships, including the prestigious Homi Bhabha Fellowship. He has authored more than 45 books, 10 monographs, 150 research-papers and 250 popular articles. He is internationally recognized as an authority on Mughal Architecture. His five-volume monumental series: History of Mughal Architecture is a classic of which three volumes and a supplement have been published. The series is, truly, his magnum opus. He has directed the course of the study of Indo-Muslim Architecture into the scientific channel and made it a perfect discipline, instead of a compendium of romantic tales, fanciful anecdotes and hearsay legends. He has traced the evolutionary process of this style, point by point, and emancipated it from sectarian and racial misnomers. His is, essentially, a study of the Land, the People and the Culture.

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Title Art and Architecture of the Taj Mahal, Agra
Author R. Nath
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1996
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185105251
length 64p., Figures; Plates; Maps.