Contrapposto is an Italian term that means counterpose. It is used to describe a human figure standing with most of its weight on one foot so that its shoulders and arms twist off-axis from the hips and legs. This gives the figure a more dynamic, or alternatively relaxed appearance. It can also be used to refer to multiple figures which are in counter-pose (or opposite pose) to one another.
Riace Warrior, Ancient Greeece 460-450 BCE, bronze statue, found in the sea off Riace in Italy, currently found in the Museo Archaeologico Nazionale, shows the Early Classical periods style of idealzed figures posed in contraposto