ARTstor has collaborated with Cornell University Library to make available more than 6,600 photographs of South Asian architecture from the Beyond the Taj collection. These photographs depict significant works of architecture, pilgrimage sites, cultural traditions, and rituals in South Asia, from the monasteries of Ladakh to the temples of Tamil Nadu. The core of the collection was assembled over a 22-year period by Robert D. “Scotty” MacDougall (1940-1987), former Professor of Architecture at Cornell University, as well as an anthropologist and practicing architect. MacDougall had a special interest in expanding the study of architectural history to include Asian traditions and emphasize its domestic, devotional, and vernacular aspects. MacDougall’s photographs have been supplemented with images of domestic architecture in Sri Lanka and Aiyanar temples in southern India.

To view the Beyond the Taj: Architectural Traditions and Landscape Experience in South Asia (Cornell University Library) collection: go to the ARTstor Digital Library, browse by collection, and click “Beyond the Taj: Architectural Traditions and Landscape Experience in South Asia (Cornell University Library);” or enter the keyword search: beyondthetaj.

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Beyond the Taj: Architectural Traditions and Landscape Experience in South Asia (Cornell University Library) collection page.

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