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Aldous Huxley on the Taj Mahal

Title:Aldous Huxley on the Taj Mahal
Author:Huxley, Aldous
Enumeration:Vol. 4 Issue no. 2, p. 15-20
Abstract:Unlike most Englishmen who prefer the classical simplicity of the Mughals, the iconoclastic writer Aldous Huxley perceives the Taj as an imperfect and disappointing structure. He bases his opinion on the cheaper masonry behind the marble facade on the roof, thin minarets, and dry and negative elegance characterized by a lack of imagination and variety in component forms. This last element is contrasted with divergent elements in the design of St Paul's, Palladio's Rotonda at Vincenza, and the Hindu architecture of Rajasthan. The ornamentation employed by the later Mughals is supposed inferior to Hindu ornamentation, while the bas reliefs of flowers at the Taj are also found ill-designed.

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