The majestic Taj Mahal beckons in this extraordinary complex and detailed gouache painting by the prolific and influential American science fiction genre illustrator Chesley Bonestell. This dates to 1955 and while it represents a departure from the artist's space art genre work, it perhaps rates as one of Bonestell's finest paintings. The detail is so intricate it would appear to have been painted with a feather. Nicely framed under glass in a vintage, likely original to the painting, mid-century aesthetic ornate frame.
Commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal is considered "The Jewel of Muslim Art" and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. Described by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore as "the tear-drop on the cheek of time", the site attracts 7–8 million visitors a year.
Sight Size 15" x 19" Framed 20" x 24"
Signature: Signed lower right