(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
icono- + -logy
See iconology in American Heritage Dictionary 4
The branch of art history that deals with the description, analysis, and interpretation of icons or iconic representations.
- i·conˌo·logˈi·cal (ī-kŏnˌə-lŏjˈĭ-kəl) adjective