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[kohn-truh-pos-toh] /ˌkoʊn trəˈpɒs toʊ/
noun, plural contrappostos. Fine Arts.
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
1900-05; < Italian < Latin contrāpositus, past participle of contrāpōnere to place against. See contra1, posit Unabridged
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noun (pl) -tos
(in the visual arts) a curving or asymmetrical arrangement of the human figure with the shoulders, hips, and legs in different planes
Word Origin
C20: from Italian, from the past participle of contrapporre, from Latin contracontra- + 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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