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Definition of Iconography

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representation of ideas or meanings through visual images; study of such images
Iconography Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
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term for a pictorial illustration of a subject

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The systematic investigation of subject matter, rather than style.
Iconography Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
The study of representative art in general.
  
(n.)
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.
  
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iconography
\i`co*nog"ra*phy\ (?), n. [gr. &?; a sketch or description; e'ikw`n an image + &?; to describe: cf. f. iconographie.]
1. 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. the study of representative art in general.


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WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. the images and symbolic representations that are traditionally associated with a person or a subject; "religious iconography"; "the propagandistic iconography of a despot"
(hypernym) picture, image, icon, ikon
Iconography Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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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  ("image") and ("to write"). A secondary meaning (based on a non-standard translation of the Greek and Russian equivalent terms) 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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