CANON (n. m.)



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Galenus {Lib. V. de Hippocratis & Platonis dogmatibus} ghewaeght dat Polycletus niet alleen de regulen om een volkomen stuck-wercks te maecken in ’t schrift ghestelt heeft, maer dat hy boven dien goed vond een statue nae ’t voorschrift der voornoemder regulen te maecken. Policletus maeckte een stuck wercks, seght Plinius {Lib. XXXIV. Cap. 8.} ’t welck onder de Konstenaers eenen Canon ofte richt-snoer geheeten wordt, omdat sy den rechten treck der Konste daeruyt, als uyt een sekere wet, plagten te haelen:

[Suggested translation, Marije Osnabrugge:] Galenus {…} mentions that Polycletus has not only written down the rules to make a perfect work, but that he moreover thought it good to make a statue after the instructions of the aforementioned rules. Policletus made a piece of work, says Plinius {…} which is called a Canon or directive amongst Artists, because they can extract the right shape of Art from it, as if from a certain law:

Junius describes, citing Galen and Pliny, how the sculptor Polycletus did not only write down the rules (‘regel’) to create a perfect work of art, but that he also produced a statue that followed these same rules. This statue could henceforth serve as an example for artists. Junius uses the term ‘canon’ to describe the function of this statue, adding that ‘richtsnoer’ is an equivalent term. Junius repeats this example in Book Three, page 253. [MO]


Conceptual field(s)

L’ARTISTE → règles et préceptes