View Full Version : contrapposto and chiastic
October 14th, 2002, 12:10 AM
What is the difference between contrapposto and chiastic poses in art.. more specifically i'm looking at Michaelango's David and Polykleitos' Doryphoros.
October 24th, 2002, 02:05 PM
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.
October 24th, 2002, 10:49 PM
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
November 8th, 2002, 12:48 AM
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.
November 8th, 2002, 12:51 AM
i gess huked on fonix wurked for me! i meant contrappasto... is that right?