- 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