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    Acc. No. 61.34) is much more naturalistic. She more closely resembles an actual person rather than a god. Her stance is much more naturalistic and resembles that of a contrapposto pose as she appears to be leaning more on one hip than the other. This would make sense, as contrapposto did originate with the Greeks. She is well proportioned, with slight exaggeration given to her hips and breasts. This is in reference to fertility, as she is the goddess of grain and fertility. Also unlike Vishnu, Statuette of Persephone is fully clothed. However, the top part of her peplos appears rather sheer, again in order to emphasis her breasts and fertility. Her face is more neutral than that of Vishnu. She does not look as happy, but rather more…

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    the end of the Archaic Period and into the early Classical Period a sculpture titled Kritios Boy (480 BCE) was created. Kritios Boy was carved from marble, approximately 3 feet and 10 inches in height, and was the first to portray weight shift in proportion to the human body. Never before had a sculptor been concerned with showing how a human truly stands or grasped the fact that humans do not stand in stiff-legged poses, but rather shift their weight and the position of their torso around the…

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    Their strikingly similar postures are not the result of coincidence. They both lean in a casual, comfortable stance that the human body naturally takes. This pose is called “contrapposto,” or a counterpoise. The body’s weight is shifted throughout the body in a way that the body would normally flow. One foot is positioned further forward than the other, sending more weight to the back foot. The knees are slightly bent and the torso is rotated ever so slightly. This phenomenon is seen in both…

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    Grünewald's Contrapposto

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    In the Renaissance, religious subjects were more common in the North and there was less focus in mythology unlike the paintings in Italy at the time. Both the engraving and the panel depict the resurrection of Christ. He appears above his tomb, partially wrapped in a long shroud and there is a halo of light around his head. His arms are splayed out on either side of him, loosely mimicking his position on the cross and he is in the classic contrapposto pose. Grünewald’s Christ has a…

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    The sculpture produced in ancient Greece is naturalistic compared to artworks and sculptures from previous times and cultures. The form of body is not stylized, nor does the bends in its arms and legs have sharp edges, the body is actually smooth and natural looking. The figure also has normal sized eyes and not enlarged eyes and male breast. The figure is in contrapposto pose like many of the other figures from this ancient Greek period. Although many of the figures in this time that was in…

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    Within a span of two centuries, new, diverse themes were emerging through Roman artistic styles and techniques. By 450 B.C.E, utilizing contrapposto and the perception of movement in art was vastly gaining popularity over earlier artistic styles of stiff, rigid statues. As motion became prominent artwork, new artistic subjects were expressed through distinct illustrations of movement. Specifically, artwork such as Diskobolos and the Sleeping Satyr deviated from the artistic norms of previous…

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    they are generally smaller; the larger figures very rare. Hellenistic or Imperial Roman sculpture takes an entirely different approach. It focuses on movement and emotion, displaying women and men with idealized bodies. The figures were typically Roman marble copies of Greek bronze statues. The contrapposto, or “counter-poise,” pose was the most commonly sculpted bodily position at the time of Hellenistic and Classical Roman art, and was typically accompanied by an emotive and ideally…

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    Kritios Boy Analysis

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    through the distinct weight shift, or contrapposto, as well as the individual innovations in the humanization of the features. This innovation will become very prominent throughout Classical sculpture and beyond, as sculpture becomes increasingly focused on the portrayal of the human body to exactness. Contrapposto provides the Kritios Boy (Fig. 3) with the ability to achieve a more relaxed posture that provides a level of interaction with the audience with regards to the appearance and…

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    Masaccio Case Study

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    early Renaissance period. Donatello used the classical model that inspired him to reintroduce the nude and also set the standard for the nude. He used the pose of the relaxed contrapposto which was used by sculptors decades after he introduced it. The contrapposto form consisted of the subject leaning on one leg in a “relaxed” state. In addition to the classical nude and the relaxed contrapposto, Donatello used the proportions of Prazitelean classicism. An example of Donatello’s revival of the…

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    Classical style period (480- 323 BCE). The Early Classical style is often referred to as Severe or Transitional, as it was known to bridge the gap between the Archaic and Classical. There is controversy as to weather the Kritios Boy belongs to the late Archaic period or to the Early Classical period, however the Kritios Boy displays many Early Classical attributes that seem to confirm it as Early Classical. The Kritios Boy has a more relaxed and comfortable stance, whereas Archaic sculptures…

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