A movement of the body or limbs that expresses or emphasizes an idea or attitude. Gesture is a form of non-verbal communication made with a part of the body, and used instead of verbal communication, or in combination with it. The language of gesture is rich in ways for individuals to express contempt, hostility, or approval towards others. Certain gestures have offensive meanings, although the meanings of such gestures can vary between cultures.(pr. JES-chyər)Quote: "Let the poses of the people and the parts of their bodies be so disposed that they display the intent of their minds." Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), Italian Renaissance artist, etc., Treatise on Painting, 1651. "A work of art in itself is a gesture and it may be warm or cold, inviting or repellant." Robert Henri (1865-1929), American painter, and member of The Eight and the Ashcan school, The Art Spirit, 1923. "Gesture is the cement that holds the various elements of the pose together." Kimon Nicoliades, The Natural Way to Draw, 1941. Also see dance, mannequin, model, obscene, obsession, praise, and theater.

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