Contrapposto meaning

kōn'trə-pōs'tō
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.
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(art) The position of a figure whose hips and legs are twisted away from the direction of the head and shoulders.
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Origin of contrapposto

  • Italian past participle of contrapporre to set opposite, contrast from Latin contrāpōnere contrā- contra- pōnere to place apo- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Italian
    From Wiktionary