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A pose in which one part of the body twists away from the other with the weight of the figure balanced on one leg instead of two, exemplified in Michelangelos David (1504). Literally, counterpoise. A method of portraying the human figure, especially in sculpture, often achieved by placing the weight on one foot and turning the shoulder so the figure appears relaxed and mobile. The result is often a graceful S-curve.


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