Contrapposto explained


Marble Statue of a Kouros (New York Kouros), c. 590–580 B.C.E. (Attic, archaic), Naxian marble, 194.6 x 51.6 cm (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City) and Polykleitos, Doryphoros (Spear-Bearer), Early Classical Period, Roman marble copy after a Greek bronze original from c. 450-440 B.C.E. (Museo Archaeologico Nazionale, Naples)

Although these particular objects may not have been known in the Renaissance, the ideas and form of contrapposto were revived in the Italian Renaissance.


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Cite this page as: Beth Harris, "Contrapposto explained," in Smarthistory, December 2, 2016, accessed January 24, 2017, http://smarthistory.org/contrapposto-explained/.