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contrapposto

[kohn-truh-pos-toh]
noun, plural con·trap·pos·tos. Fine Arts.
  1. 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.
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Origin of contrapposto

1900–05; < Italian < Latin contrāpositus, past participle of contrāpōnere to place against. See contra1, posit
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British Dictionary definitions for contrapposto

contrapposto

noun plural -tos
  1. (in the visual arts) a curving or asymmetrical arrangement of the human figure with the shoulders, hips, and legs in different planes
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Word Origin for contrapposto

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

n.

1903, from Italian contrapposto, past participle of contrapporre, from Latin contraponere (see contraposition).

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