contrapposto

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

Definition of contrapposto

plural -s
: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


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