Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The position of a figure in painting or sculpture in which the hips and legs are turned in a different direction from that of the shoulders and head; the twisting of a figure on its own vertical axis.

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  • n. The position of a figure whose hips and legs are twisted away from the direction of the head and shoulders.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pictorial or sculptural composition, the crossing of limbs and contrasting of masses which is especially pronounced in the works of Michelangelo.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Italian, past participle of contrapporre, to set opposite, contrast, from Latin contrāpōnere : contrā-, contra- + pōnere, to place; see apo- in Indo-European roots.

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From Italian

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