The definition of iconography is the use of images and symbols to portray a subject, movement or ideal.
An example of iconography is the cross being a familiar religious symbol.
- the art of representing or illustrating by pictures, figures, images, etc.
- the study of symbols, themes, and subject matter in the visual arts
- pl. -·phies 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 William Blake
- iconology (sense )
Origin of iconographyMedieval Latin iconographia from Classical Greek eikonographia, a sketch, description: see icono- and -graphy
- a. Pictorial illustration of a subject.b. The collected representations illustrating a subject.
- A set of specified or traditional symbolic forms associated with the subject or theme of a stylized work of art.
- A treatise or book dealing with iconography.
Origin of iconographyLate Latin īconographia description, verbal sketch from Medieval Greek eikonographiā eikono- icono- -graphiā -graphy
- i·con′o·graph′ic i·con′o·graph′i·cal
(countable and uncountable, plural iconographies)
- A set of specified or traditional symbolic forms associated with the subject or theme of a stylized genre of art.
- The art of representation by pictures or images; the description or study of portraiture or representation, as of persons.
- the iconography of the ancients
- The study of representative art in general.
icon + -ography