The Alhambra Palace, Granada, Granada Palace, Andalucia, Spain
Unknown Artist (Company School)
Pen and ink drawing, highlighted with watercolour paint on paper of Shah Jahan’s cenotaph in the Taj Mahal. The painting shows the white marble cenotaph raised up on a plinth decorated with repeating floral designs. The cenotaph is formed of seven white marble tiers, each decorated with a different floral pattern which is repeated along the tier. The floral designs were created using the pietra dura technique of inlaying precious and semi-precious stones into the marble to create each design. The floor below the cenotaph’s plinth is also laid out in a geometric pattern of white and black marble. The drawing is framed by a thick black line.
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