In art, a pose
which is asymmetrical
in that the figure is twisted around its vertical axis
. The hips
and legs, shoulder
s, and head are in somewhat different plane
s. It is also called "weight shift". It gives a naturalistic
look to a human pose, and famous examples are the Venus de Milo
's David. It is seen in painting as well as sculpture
It is strikingly absent from archaic sculpture, such as Egyptian and Cycladic. Its discovery is one of the many excellences that mark out classic Greek art.
The Italian for 'opposed', 'compared', or more literally "counterposed": past participle of the verb contrapporre. The spelling with one P is seen, but not correct.