- the art of representing or illustrating by pictures, figures, images, etc.
- the study of symbols, themes, and subject matter in the visual arts through the identification, description, classification, and definition of these elements
- pl. iconographies icons collectively; esp., any system, use, or collection of symbols or images of a particular artist, artistic or historical period, religious tradition, etc.: Hindu iconography, the iconography of Blake
ML iconographia < Gr eikonographia, a sketch, description: see icono- & -graphy