Judgement of Paris
Judgement of Paris
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Bathers at Rest
Bathers at Rest
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Portrait of Philip II of Spain
Portrait of Philip II of Spain
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Prince Balthasar Carlos Dressed as a Hunter
Prince Balthasar Carlos Dressed as a Hunter
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The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries
The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries
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Home, Sweet Home
Home, Sweet Home
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Hercules Diverting the Course of the River Alpheus
Hercules Diverting the Course of the River Alpheus
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Self Portrait in the Studio
Self Portrait in the Studio
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Calling in the Gleaners
Calling in the Gleaners
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The Absinthe Drinker
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Strike a Pose: Contrapposto

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Each installment of our Strike a Pose series features one of art history’s most seminal postures. Mediums range from sculpture to oils and everything in between. You can find our article about Contrapposto at my.meural.com/editorial/15.

Contrapposto (meaning “counterpoise” in Italian) defines a pose in which the subject leans their body weight on one leg while the other freely moves about and sometimes bends at the knee. The pose allows the subject to move their hands and arms, organically simulating a relaxed demeanor.

For hundreds of years, artists have used the pose to encapsulate movement and give their painting or statue a sense of naturalism. Originating in Greek sculpture, contrapposto was revived by the Renaissance artists, helping to cement it in the canon of Western art history. Just as the human figure has remained a common subject in painting and sculpture, so too has contrapposto survived long histories of shifting art movements and trends.

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Works

Judgement of Paris
Judgement of Paris
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Bathers at Rest
Bathers at Rest
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Portrait of Philip II of Spain
Portrait of Philip II of Spain
Click to More
Prince Balthasar Carlos Dressed as a Hunter
Prince Balthasar Carlos Dressed as a Hunter
Click to More
The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries
The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries
Click to More
Home, Sweet Home
Home, Sweet Home
Click to More
Hercules Diverting the Course of the River Alpheus
Hercules Diverting the Course of the River Alpheus
Click to More
Self Portrait in the Studio
Self Portrait in the Studio
Click to More
Calling in the Gleaners
Calling in the Gleaners
Click to More
The Absinthe Drinker
The Absinthe Drinker
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