While depicting Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, the artists used a new kind of delicacy, a romantic flavor true to
their life. Standing arm in arm looking deep into each other's eyes, no
other world exists beyond the two. Shah Jahan lovingly caress her face,
wishing to bestow every happiness in the world on her. Mumtaz glows in that
knowledge. Shah Jahan's stylized turban add to his royal demeanour and his
spouse's crown stands apart due to its shape and style. Her exquisitely
detailed finery explores to make her appear more beautiful. The diaphanous
skirts give impetus to their voluptuous figures. The symmetrical floral
patterns on their tight pyjamas show the typical textile feature of the
The horizontal skyline and the flowers in the foreground seem superfluous
features. Fine, form and colour come together to enrich the sensuality and
passion that pervades the atmosphere of the painting.
This description by Renu Rana.
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