"When the world pushes you to your knees,
you're in the perfect position to pray." Rumi.
Lovers, travellers and wayfarers gravitate to sanctuaries hidden behind grand arches and courts. Such is the Masjid e Jahan Numa or the world-reflecting Mosque in Delhi. This beauty was the model for its newer counterpart in Lahore. Built by the ambitious Shah Jahan in 1656 in red sandstone and white marble, the mosque is adorned with three domes, two lofty minarets and four majestic entrances.
The Mughal era was a rich period in the history of Northern India and present day Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. A combination of Indian and Persian styles were amalgamated to produce a unique style of architecture, literature, Art and even language. The beauty produced and appreciated during this time deeply inspires me on a personal level, a part of my heritage I am fascinated with.
The architecture from this period had a delicate elegance to it and was epitomised by majestic domes and arches, decorative lattice screens, and inlaid floral motifs. Exquisite gardens laid out in the Charbagh, or quadrilateral style, divided by streams of running water and tulip shaped fountains in lakes remain as a reminder of this bygone, majestic era.
- Winston & Newton watercolours on Fabriano Artistico paper.
- Painting size 25cm x 25cm.
- Signed on the front and titled on the reverse.
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