- a representation of the human body in which the forms are organized on a varying or curving axis to provide an asymmetrical balance to the figure.
Origin of contrapposto
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- (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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Word Origin and History for contrapposto
1903, from Italian contrapposto, past participle of contrapporre, from Latin contraponere (see contraposition).
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