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    contrapposto and chiastic

    What is the difference between contrapposto and chiastic poses in art.. more specifically i'm looking at Michaelango's David and Polykleitos' Doryphoros.

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    from what I understand 'contrapposto' is when the model subject's torso is twisted on its vertical axis in the opposite direction of of the pelvis. You can see this in a lot of greek sculpture. A 'chiastic' pose is just a pose where the model subject's weight is resting on one leg. An example of this would be Michaelangelo or Donatello's sculptures of David.

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    thanks for the reply.. i was beginning to think no one takes my posts seriously...

    the way i thought is that contrappasto and chiastic are similar.. except chiastic was symmetrical while contrapposto didn't necessarily have to be symmetrical

    michaelangelo's david is asymetrical...
    polykleitos' is more symetrical...

    here is a link that might help

    http://underdog.dreamcomics.com/english/chiastic.htm

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    I guess it's one of those mathmatical things. from what I see, a chiastic pose will always be a contropasto pose, but it is not always the other way around. right? I'm trying to understand it for myself, too.

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    i gess huked on fonix wurked for me! i meant contrappasto... is that right?

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