iconology[ī′kə näl′ə jē]
- the study of the meaning of works of visual art through the analysis of subject matter, symbolism and imagery, style and medium, and historical context
Origin of iconologyicono- + -logy
The branch of art history that deals with the description, analysis, and interpretation of icons or iconic representations.
From Ancient Greek εἰκών (eikōn, “icon”) + -logy.