contrapposto


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con·trap·pos·to

 (kōn′trə-pōs′tō)
n.
The position of a standing human figure whose weight is unequally distributed between the two legs, resulting in a slight curvature of the torso and a tilting of the pelvis and shoulders in opposite directions.

[Italian, past participle of contrapporre, to set opposite, contrast, from Latin contrāpōnere : contrā-, contra- + pōnere, to place; see apo- in Indo-European roots.]

contrapposto

(ˌkɒntrəˈpɒstəʊ)
n, pl -tos
(Art Terms) (in the visual arts) a curving or asymmetrical arrangement of the human figure with the shoulders, hips, and legs in different planes
[C20: from Italian, from the past participle of contrapporre, from Latin contra contra- + pōnere to place]
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Read from left to right, the lines become more legible in stages, sliding into a recognizable contrapposto curve, or--if one reads right to left--splintering into abstraction.
Schiavo nota come i padri della chiesa hanno visto nella "putrida carne femminile" il luogo del peccato e contrapposto la sua deperibilita all'immortalita dello spirito (47).
13) The figura serpentinata on which Hogarth drew was already a figure of contraries, linked with visual contrapposto and rhetorical antithesis, and Renaissance artists variously used it to stress violent contrast or continuity through change; balance or manneristic imbalance; naturalness or art, or their combination in spiritual grace.
1575-80) by a follower of Giovanni Bologna from the permanent collection was included to demonstrate sixteenth-century sculptors' interest in a twisting contrapposto, what was known as the fgura serpentinata.
Giocando sul doppio significato che il termine otium presenta nella tradizione classica, in cui l'otium come otiositas e contrapposto a quello litteratum, (32) Alberti polemicamente contrappone il silenzio di molti contemporanei alla necessita di scrivere qualcosa.
There was one looking proud in a mauve suit, and another in a yellow shirt, his hip popped out in a jaunty contrapposto, his lips stretched wide in an enigmatic smile.
Classical contrapposto ratcheted up the internal inconsistencies of the kouros stance, and Classical movement bet everything on striking and awing the beholder.
He leans on a chipping wedge, hip boxed out in a pastel contrapposto.
The figural composition places emphasis on the body: figures stand in exaggerated contrapposto with hands extended in a range of gestures, which can be seen in numerous examples from contemporary romance manuscripts.
A male nude in vigorous contrapposto stance, he matches the serene
Rifacendosi ad alcune intuizioni di Sullivan, egli ammette infatti che nel Satyricon si possano rintracciare labili tracce di una polemica che avrebbe contrapposto moralisti intransigenti e vicini allo stoicismo rappresentati da Seneca, a personaggi piu tolleranti e non distanti dalla filosofia epicurea come Petronio; un'opposizione che si rifletterebbe nel diverso tipo di suicidio scelto dai due, almeno nel resoconto fornitoci da Tacito.
Use the Internet to encourage the use of Greek contrapposto as compared to the symmetry of Egyptian sculpture.