Oil on gallery canvas.
For eight years until his death in 1666, Shah Jahan gazed at the Taj Mahal from his balcony in Agra Fort, where he was kept under house arrest by his son Aurangzeb. Shah Jahan built the Taj in memory of, and as a symbol of his love for, his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Her death caused him to lose interest in his empire, and allowed Aurangzeb, in his thirst for power, to declare his father incompetent, and imprison him. From this vantage point all Shah Jahan could do was gaze at the Taj and long to be next to his Empress.