A canon is a method in the visual arts, according to the dimensions of the proportions of the human body is set as the basis of a unit to each other in a relationship. As a founder of this method applies the Greek sculptor Polykleitos, who also wrote a now lost brochure entitled canon. His statue of " Doryphoros " which is preserved only in copies, this canon following example.
One of the most influential examples of a canon in European art is the theory of proportions of Vitruvius in the 1st century BC, as columns order of representation architecture from the Renaissance to the 19th century canonical ( " binding " ) was, and to which about also the Vitruvian Man of Leonardo da Vinci and applies the principle of the Modulor Le Corbusier.
Canonized Stark is about the traditional Chinese painting or Buddhist painting.
See also: theory of proportion, proportion key (architecture), golden mean