contrapposto

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In pictorial or sculptural composition, the crossing of limbs and contrasting of masses which is especially pronounced in the works of Michelangelo.

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  • noun art The position of a figure whose hips and legs are twisted away from the direction of the head and shoulders.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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From Italian

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