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Yoga and Greco/Roman contrapposto

One of my students, Helen Edwards is currently studying for an MA in Teaching and Art at Brookes University. Part of the course is to develop her own practice as an artist to become a better or more informed teacher.

Her practice is focused on developing a discipline in drawing, in particular understanding the origins and use of contrapposto*  in Greco/Roman figures.
She wishes to further the practice by looking into Yoga poses and the twists and turns that the human form takes in yoga poses.
She’s using photographs of our practitioners to develop her work.

Greco/Roman figures

The Borghese Warrior: Musée du Louvre, Paris
The Borghese Warrior: Musée du Louvre, Paris

This statue is known as the Borghese Warrior, it is probably a version of an original of the 3rd century BC and is signed by the copyist Agasias in lettering of about 100 BC, it was found at Antium and the original is now in Paris, Musée du Louvre. (notes by Helen)


Belvedere Torso: Pio Clementine Museum, Vatican City.  Greek

The original is a marble sculpture of a male nude torso signed by the Athenian sculptor Apollonius and was long thought to be a1st century B.C.E. original. It is now believed that Apollonius coped a 2nd-century original.  The torso had much influence on the late Renaissance, early baroque sculptors and was much studied by the likes of Michaelangelo.  (notes by Helen)





Yoga poses + drawings by Helen

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