Definitions for iconographyˌaɪ kəˈnɒg rə fi

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

i•co•nog•ra•phyˌaɪ kəˈnɒg rə fi(n.)(pl.)-phies.

  1. symbolic representation, esp. the conventional meanings attached to an image.

    Category: Fine Arts

  2. subject matter in the visual arts, esp. with reference to the conventions of treating a subject in artistic representation.

    Category: Fine Arts

  3. the study or analysis of subject matter and its meaning in the visual arts; iconology.

    Category: Fine Arts

  4. a representation or group of representations of a person, place, or thing.

    Category: Fine Arts

Origin of iconography:

1620–30; < ML < Gk


Princeton's WordNet

  1. iconography(noun)

    the images and symbolic representations that are traditionally associated with a person or a subject

    "religious iconography"; "the propagandistic iconography of a despot"


  1. iconography(Noun)

    A set of specified or traditional symbolic forms associated with the subject or theme of a stylized genre of art

Webster Dictionary

  1. Iconography(noun)

    the art or representation by pictures or images; the description or study of portraiture or representation, as of persons; as, the iconography of the ancients

  2. Iconography(noun)

    the study of representative art in general


  1. Iconography

    Iconography is the branch of art history which studies the identification, description, and the interpretation of the content of images: the subjects depicted, the particular compositions and details used to do so, and other elements that are distinct from artistic style. The word iconography comes from the Greek εἰκών and γράφειν. A secondary meaning is the production of religious images, called icons, in the Byzantine and Orthodox Christian tradition; that is covered at Icon. In art history, "an iconography" may also mean a particular depiction of a subject in terms of the content of the image, such as the number of figures used, their placing and gestures. The term is also used in many academic fields other than art history, for example semiotics and media studies, and in general usage, for the content of images, the typical depiction in images of a subject, and related senses. Sometimes distinctions have been made between Iconology and Iconography, although the definitions, and so the distinction made, varies. When referring to movies, genres are immediately recognizable through their iconography, motifs that become associated with a specific genre through repetition.


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