iconology [ī′kə näl′ə jē]
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- 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
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The branch of art history that deals with the description, analysis, and interpretation of icons or iconic representations.
- i·conˌo·logˈi·cal adjective