contrapposto

noun con·trap·pos·to \ˌkōntrəˈpä(ˌ)stō\

Definition of contrapposto

plural

-s

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of contrapposto

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


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