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An asymmetrical arrangement of the human figure in which the line of the arms and shoulders contrasts with, while balancing, those of the hips and legs.
- ‘Dosso stages Saint George in a poised contrapposto as he stands triumphant over the dragon, who exhales his final puffs of smoke.’
- ‘Mouths open, not yet inured to the sight, many adopt the famous sculpture's contrapposto.’
- ‘The preferred figure type was more mature and monumental, with contrapposto being used to give movement to the large, solid figures.’
- ‘He makes a mockery of David's magnificent contrapposto.’
- ‘The figure is artfully foreshortened, engaging in a sweeping contrapposto to provide a virtuoso ‘frame’ for the sudarium, the origin of all cult images, made without human hands from the face of Christ.’
Italian, past participle of contrapporre, from Latin contraponere place against.
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