Contrapposto


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Contrapposto

The disposition of the human figure in which one part is turned in opposition to another, creating a counterpositioning of the body about its central axis.

Contrapposto

 

in the fine arts, a device used in the representation of a figure, in which one part of the body is posed in opposition to another. For example, the upper part of the body is turned, but the lower part is in a frontal position. Contrapposto animates the rhythm of the figure, conveying a sense of movement or tension. It emphasizes the three-dimensionality of the figure without disturbing the equilibrium of form.

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And though one might not agree with the characterization of Jerome's "beautiful contrapposto," much less its "torsion" as "a metaphor of the spiritual current suddenly pulsing through the saint's body as he begins to compose," or with the musical analogies, the "treble highlights" (67), and use of "reddish ground .
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La sua riscoperta dei classici latini, la sua predilezione per la poesia e le scienze morali a scapito delle scienze naturali e di tutta la filosofia scolastica impersonata nel culto di Aristotele, ci mostrano di lui il volto umanista, almeno di quel filone idealistico e platonizzante dell'Umanesimo che concentrera la sua attenzione sullo studio dei problemi dell'uomo ed esaltera la poesia e l'eloquenza, contrapposto all'altro filone tendenzialmente materialista che continuera lo spirito aristotelico ed averroistico nelle speculazioni intorno alle leggi della natura.
1507), her contrapposto studied in a sketch of another naked youth (Oxford Ashmolean Museum).
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Its contrapposto gesture recalls classical sculpture, but its raw and immediate form speaks of the primitive and archetypal.