AP Art History : Identifying artists, works, or schools of Near Eastern architecture

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Identifying Artists, Works, Or Schools Of Near Eastern Architecture

The Taj Mahal is a key example of the architectural style known as __________.

Possible Answers:

Mughal

Bengal

Islamic

Persian

Correct answer:

Mughal

Explanation:

The Mughals created an empire that covered almost the entire Indian subcontinent in the sixteenth century, ruling a multi-ethnic and multi-religious grouping of peoples. Appropriately, Mughal arts and architecture were a blend of their native Persian styles, other Islamic styles, and native Indian art traditions. The Taj Mahal, built in 1632, is a mausoleum to Mumtaz Mahal, the third wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. It has minaret-like towers, a large Ottoman-style dome, and many elements of traditional Hindu embellishment.

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