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Architectural mouldings consist of alternate rounds and hollows, of
plane or curved surfaces, placed one beneath the other to give various
decorative effects by means of light and shade.

The human figure, whether standing erect or bent, is composed of a few
big, simple masses that in outline are not unlike the astragal, ogee, and
apophyge mouldings used in architecture. Looking at the back of the figure,
there is the concave sweep of the mass from head to neck, then an outward
sweep to the shoulders, a double curve from rib cage to pelvis, ending
abruptly where the thigh begins, a slight undulation half way down to the
knee, a flattened surface where it enters the back of the knee, another out-
ward sweep over the calf and down to the heel; the whole, a series of undu-
lating, varied forms. And the front of the figure curves in and out in much
the same manner, a series of concave and convex curves, and planes.

The distribution of light and shade brings out these forms.

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