contrapposto

Images from Greek, Roman, and Asian sculpture created threw the subtractive method of carving, exemplifying the contrapposto pose with emphasis on classical and hellenistic era style scultpures; with examples from other cultures. Sculpture is a great medium because its 3D, you have to walk around it to take in the full breath of the sculpture which makes the viewers experience more involving. 

The contrapposto pose positions the figure depicted in a way that would be comfortable to stand as, were they a real person and is indicative of the classical ear of sculpture in greece.
One leg in the contrapposto pose is always bent, leaning inward or outward to provide relief. And the other is fully extended, supporting actual weight of the figure.
This isn't contrapposto, but it is an example of other poses that sculpted figures assumed from one culture to another.
The contropposto pose wasn't used only by the greeks or romans or sculptures of the renaissance, this sculpture is from an ancient indian dynasty.
This isn't contemporary contrapposto, but the stance the figure is assuming conveys that its a stance of relaxation.
Though this sculpture by Thorvaldsen was sculpted less than 250 years ago, it exemplifies greek classical era sculpture.
Venus with the Apple is more hellenistic in its style than it is classical, but Venus is still standing in the contrapposto pose.
Another example of a classical era style sculpture, sculpted by Canova in the 18th century.
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