The Taj Mahal

c. 1858–62
(Scottish, 1809–1898)
Image: 43.2 x 38.4 cm (17 x 15 1/8 in.)
Location: not on view
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The Taj Mahal is a monument to lost love, built by Shah Jahan in 1632–53 to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

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This view of the Taj Mahal, shot from the bank of the Yamuna River, offers a dramatic contrast between the seemingly perfect white marble monument in the background and dark, ruined structures in the foreground. It sets the Taj into a broader geographic and cultural context by including nature (the river) and two cultures, one that has crumbled and another that, because it approaches aesthetic perfection, has been carefully preserved.
The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal

c. 1858–62

Dr. John Murray

(Scottish, 1809–1898)
England

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