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noun ico·nog·ra·phy \ˌī-kə-ˈnä-grə-fē\

Simple Definition of iconography

  • : the images or symbols related to something

Full Definition of iconography

plural ico·nog·ra·phies

  1. 1 :  pictorial material relating to or illustrating a subject

  2. 2 :  the traditional or conventional images or symbols associated with a subject and especially a religious or legendary subject

  3. 3 :  the imagery or symbolism of a work of art, an artist, or a body of art

  4. 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

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