contrapposto

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Italian contrapposto, past participle of contrapporre.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

contrapposto (plural contrapposto or contrapposti)

  1. (art) The position of a figure whose hips and legs are twisted away from the direction of the head and shoulders. [from 20th c.]
    • 1990, Camille Paglia, Sexual Personae:
      The contrapposto flexes one buttock and relaxes the other.

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

contra- +‎ posto

Verb[edit]

contrapposto m (feminine singular contrapposta, masculine plural contrapposti, feminine plural contrapposte)

  1. past participle of contrapporre
  2. past participle of contrapporsi

Adjective[edit]

contrapposto (feminine singular contrapposta, masculine plural contrapposti, feminine plural contrapposte)

  1. contrasting
  2. opposing, opposed