con·​trap·​pos·​to | \ ˌkōntrəˈpä(ˌ)stō \
plural -s

Definition of contrapposto

: a position of the depicted human body (as in late Renaissance painting and sculpture) in which twisting of the vertical axis results in hips, shoulders, and head turned in different directions

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History and Etymology for contrapposto

Italian, contraposition, from contrapposto (past participle of contrappore to oppose), from Latin contrapositus, past participle of contraponere to place opposite

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“Contrapposto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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