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Canon in art refers to a set of works that are considered to be of the highest quality and most significant within a particular artistic tradition or period. The canon is often determined by a consensus among scholars, critics, and other experts, and may evolve over time as new works are discovered or reevaluated. The canon can have a significant impact on the way in which art is studied, taught, and appreciated, and can shape cultural attitudes and values towards certain types of art or artists. However, the canon has also been criticized for its tendency to privilege certain works and perspectives over others, and for its potential to limit artistic innovation and diversity.