S Curve (art)
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The S Curve is a traditional art concept in Ancient Greek sculpture and Roman sculpture where the figure's body and posture is depicted like a sinuous or serpentine "S". It is related to and is an extension of the art term of contrapposto which is when a figure is depicted slouching or placing one's weight and thus center of gravity to one side. However, the S Curve involves more of the body than the contrapposto, and is therefore considered to be a more advanced technical development. The "S Curve" concept was initiated by famous greek sculptor Praxiteles, son of Kifissodotos.
The Venus de Milo depicts a S Curve body shape
Note that there is only a slight weight shift in the Kritios Boy; thus, it is a contrapposto.
- "Art Of Ancient Greece, Brief History (1050- 50 b.C.), Georgia Kokkorou- Aleyra
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