Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The branch of art history that deals with the description, analysis, and interpretation of icons or iconic representations.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The study of icons in art or art history.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The discussion or description of portraiture or of representative images. Cf. iconography.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science or art of representation by effigies or pictures.
  • n. A description of statues, pictures, engravings, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the branch of art history that studies visual images and their symbolic meaning (especially in social or political terms)

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek εἰκών ("icon") + -logy. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Erwin Panofsky, with whose name iconology has been connected ever since, not only developed its theoretical foundations, but contributed by his practi - cal work in art history to the main triumph of iconol - ogy after the Second World War.

    ICONOGRAPHY

  • On the first floor, Strand's uncompromisingly austere photography from Spanish, North American and Mexican collections offers a hard-bitten "collective portrait" of small-town Mexican life told through photos of individuals, landscapes, studies of architecture and religious iconology.

    Two Sides of the Same Coin

  • Instead of religious iconology, Cartier-Bresson finds playful expression in the Surrealistic image of a pair of high-heeled shoes shaped like a heart.

    Two Sides of the Same Coin

  • For those of you that really dug Tom Hanks and his turn as Robert Langdon, the intrepid professor of religious iconology and symbology that continuously finds himself embroiled in one Religious Conspiracy after another, this should be a must-buy.

    Flixnjoystix.com! » New Release Tuesday! Bobert Takes A Look At The DVD/Blu-rays Of The Week!

  • Because that is what church iconology tried to establish.

    Petru Popescu: Was Mary a Template for Today's Feminism?

  • This quite recent contribution to the Drongo Brown iconology ...

    Kill The Pig .....humanely

  • Yet there is a long tradition of cultural iconology and, indeed, idolatry in our political system.

    Dan Treul: The Passion Of The Body Politic

  • Using the cross iconology, together with a naked woman for a campaign aimed at a problem which a good part of right-wing males at least here in italy consider their right was simply too much.

    CONTROVERSY OVER “BLASPHEMOUS” ITALIAN ANTI-RAPE POSTER » Sociological Images

  • I think Elizabeth Moon is going to replace Anne McCaffrey in my author iconology - besides the fact I've actually met and talked with Elizabeth and I doubt that I'll ever have that opportunity with "The Lady" herself.

    Another Wasted Day?

  • This invocation of popular iconology grounds his satire not in an ideal realm from which the powerful are merely lampooned but rather within the actual and bloody struggle of the oppressed both to free their understandings and to appropriate for themselves their land, labor, and nation.

    Shelley, Adorno, and the Scandal of Commited Art

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