iconography


ico·nog·ra·phy

noun \ˌī-kə-ˈnä-grə-fē\

: the images or symbols related to something

plural ico·nog·ra·phies

Full Definition of ICONOGRAPHY

1
:  pictorial material relating to or illustrating a subject
2
:  the traditional or conventional images or symbols associated with a subject and especially a religious or legendary subject
3
:  the imagery or symbolism of a work of art, an artist, or a body of art
4
:  iconology

Examples of ICONOGRAPHY

  1. the iconography of the 1960s

Origin of ICONOGRAPHY

Medieval Latin iconographia, from Greek eikonographia sketch, description, from eikonographein to describe, from eikon- + graphein to write — more at carve
First Known Use: 1678

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato

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