Contrapposto explained

The ancient Greeks mastered the naturalistic representation of the human body, and the Renaissance revived it.

A discussion about contrapposto while looking at “Idolino” from Pesaro, (Roman), c. 30 B.C.E., bronze, 158 cm (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze), speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

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: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris, "Contrapposto explained," in Smarthistory, December 16, 2015, accessed March 1, 2024,