What does iconography mean?

Definitions for iconographyˌaɪ kəˈnɒg rə fi

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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

  3. Origin: [Gr. a sketch or description; e'ikw`n an image + of describe: cf. F. iconographie.]


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of iconography in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of iconography in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Director Joseph Kahn:

    There is no political agenda in the video. Our only goal was to tell a tragic love story in classic Hollywood iconography.

  2. Stefanie Zoche:

    Modernism is reduced to a kind of iconography to convey a certain feeling -- something special is happening here, we are modern.

  3. Paul Sorvino:

    It's part of the iconography of American film, it's one of the three or four greatest movies ever made, and if you get to do that in your career, you're pretty lucky.

  4. Lewis Lapham:

    Except in a few well-publicized instances (enough to lend credence to the iconography painted on the walls of the media), the rigorous practice of rugged individualism usually leads to poverty, ostracism and disgrace. The rugged individualist is too often mistaken for the misfit, the maverick, the spoilsport, the sore thumb.

  5. Kierna Mayo:

    When you understand the soul of black America and you understand how important iconography is and you understand how important the image of black family perfection ... is, you realize that there's no way to do something like this without it being hugely conversational, if not confrontational, and in many cases painful for people.

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