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Scope note
Refers to a school of Indian painting associated with the princely state of Bikaner in northwest Rajasthan. Of all Rajasthani schools, the Bikaner, from its beginning in the mid-17th century, shows the most indebtedness to the Mughal style. This is due to the alliance between the two from the late 16th century and the subsequent presence of artists who had worked in Mughal Dehli in Bikaner workshops. Consistent characteristics include delicate line, soft color, and a sympathy for the religious and literary themes favored by the royal Hindu patrons. Toward the end of the 18th century, it became more typically Rajasthani in style.
Accepted term: 15-Jul-2024