A study in contrapposto

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This is a study of some of the works seen in Art 2 this semester, and some of Michelangelo's art.

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A study in contrapposto

  1. 1. A Study in Contrapposto<br />Greek and Roman<br />Greek and Michelangelo<br />
  2. 2. Grave Stele of Hegeso – Classical Greek <br />Major Points of Style:<br />Spatial Depth – through overlapping, through the ¾ view of the figures, through varying the depth of carving - see servants left art and lid of the jewelry box.<br />Framing – Figures are placed outside the “frame” – a temple like form with pillars and a pediment. <br />Contrapposto – seen especially in the servant at left, has an elegant, restful look.<br />4. Organic draperies – clothing follows the contours of the body to reveal the form.<br />
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  4. 4. Contrast of Classicism (roundels above) and Constantine’s Style <br />Detail of Arch of Constantine , Rome, c. 313 AD<br />
  5. 5. Christ the Shepherd<br />Evidence of Roman style into Early Christian.<br />
  6. 6. Augustus, 14 BC, <br />Polykleitos, Spearbearer, “Canon”<br />
  7. 7. Michelangelo never saw the Riace Bronze, but understood the underlying concepts of contrapposto and of inner tension but outer control through studying other works in the Vatican Collection. <br />
  8. 8. The Epitome of Contrapposto in Michelangelo Sistine Chapel, Rome 1508 -1512<br />Prophets and Sibyls, Isaiah left. Sibyl from Delphi<br />
  9. 9. Detail of the Delphic Sibyl<br />A study in the expression of fear or “terribilito” as it was called in Michelangelo’s day<br />
  10. 10. Sistine Chapel, Rome - Studies in Contrapposto – extreme counter-movement <br />The “ignudi” near the Drunkenness of Noah scene. Jonah looks to God Separating Light from Dark. <br />
  11. 11. Hellenistic Relief, Temple of Zeus, Pergamum 2nd century BC<br />
  12. 12. Jonah from the Early Christian Era and Michaelangelo’s Jonah – Sistine Chapel<br />

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