from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The position of a figure in painting or sculpture in which the hips and legs are turned in a different direction from that of the shoulders and head; the twisting of a figure on its own vertical axis.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The position of a figure whose hips and legs are twisted away from the direction of the head and shoulders.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pictorial or sculptural composition, the crossing of limbs and contrasting of masses which is especially pronounced in the works of Michelangelo.
My buck, my shy puck, my slenderly fuck, anglepoise hips in contrapposto pose, full cocked — a paeon to your peter!
David-the naturalistic stance known as contrapposto
Most impressive is the opening, with the dancers grouped in contrapposto poses, the distinctive Renaissance S-curve of the torso, as harpsichords sound.
With over 4,000 pages and 2,400 images, it is a dialogue between Aztec and European cultures, with illustrations combining Mesoamerican colors and forms with Renaissance shading and contrapposto poses.
Walk With Contrapposto, 1968 is a video installation of Nauman acting out contrapposto, the exaggerated pose of classical sculpture, as he walks down a narrow, plywood hallway constructed in his studio.
From the dawning of Greek Classicism to well beyond the Italian Renaissance, artists learned to faithfully master contrapposto, linear perspective, and the like in order to achieve the great, mythic aspiration of beauty.
He flexes his six-pack in awkward contrapposto, while holding a leash attached to a man on all fours wearing a dog collar.
Cast in the contrapposto style, the David has captivated the public from the moment it was unveiled in 1504.
She wore leather pants and shifted her weight constantly, throwing out knees and hips in lanky contrapposto as if freshly delighted by her surfeit of limb.
Thus arranged — mangled, really, in a contorted contrapposto — he could observe the users of the bank's ATM without himself being seen.
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