Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


n. pl. i·co·nog·ra·phies
a. Pictorial illustration of a subject.
b. The collected representations illustrating a subject.
2. A set of specified or traditional symbolic forms associated with the subject or theme of a stylized work of art.
3. A treatise or book dealing with iconography.

[Late Latin īconographia, description, verbal sketch, from Medieval Greek eikonographiā : eikono-, icono- + -graphiā, -graphy.]

i′co·nog′ra·pher n.
i·con′o·graph′ic (ī-kŏn′ə-grăf′ĭk), i·con′o·graph′i·cal adj.


n, pl -phies
1. (Art Terms)
a. the symbols used in a work of art or art movement
b. the conventional significance attached to such symbols
2. (Art Terms) a collection of pictures of a particular subject, such as Christ
3. (Art Terms) the representation of the subjects of icons or portraits, esp on coins
ˌicoˈnographer n
iconographic, iˌconoˈgraphical adj


(ˌaɪ kəˈnɒg rə fi)

n., pl. -phies.
1. symbolic representation, esp. the conventional meanings attached to an image.
2. subject matter in the visual arts, esp. with reference to the conventions of treating a subject in artistic representation.
3. the study or analysis of subject matter and its meaning in the visual arts; iconology.
4. a representation or group of representations of a person, place, or thing.
[1620–30; < Medieval Latin < Greek]
i`co•nog′ra•pher, n.
i•con•o•graph•ic (aɪˌkɒn əˈgræf ɪk) i•con`o•graph′i•cal, adj.
i•con`o•graph′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.iconography - the images and symbolic representations that are traditionally associated with a person or a subjecticonography - the images and symbolic representations that are traditionally associated with a person or a subject; "religious iconography"; "the propagandistic iconography of a despot"
ikon, picture, icon, image - a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface; "they showed us the pictures of their wedding"; "a movie is a series of images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them"


[ˌaɪkɒˈnɒgrəfɪ] Niconografía f


[ˌaɪkəˈnɒgrəfi] niconographie f


[ˌaɪkɒˈnɒgrəfɪ] niconografia
References in periodicals archive ?
As of Friday the centre will host its first Iconography exhibition by Marina Cushnirenko at 8pm.
The community of the Greek Orthodox Church of Our Saviour in Rye, NY recently completed its sacred mission of installing iconography in an effort to enhance the spirituality of the congregation.
Gazing on God: Trinity, Church and Salvation in Orthodox Thought and Iconography Andreas Andreopoulos
The topics include the iconography of crucifixion in the Maskall Passion Ivories and Greco-Roman art, some questions on the function and iconography of the cross in the Asturian kingdom, sacrifice and salvation in Echtgus Ua Cuanain's poetic treatise on the Eucharist, a typology of Christus trimphans in Catalonia, changing depictions of the crucifixion on the Irish high cross, and a liturgical reading of Antelami's Deposition at Parma.
PNN/ Exclusive The Bethlehem Icon Center launched a school to educate and revive the iconography in Palestine, seventy years after this type of art faded.
In the 1960s, when a wave of non-conformist ideas spread through the Soviet Union, Gassel combined his knowledge of iconography with the new modern vision.
com)-- Iconography Studios, home to So Cal-based vehicle wrap and graphic design experts, is back at the Long Beach Grand Prix for their fourth run.
The Iconography of Islamic Art: Studies in Honour of Robert Hillenbrand.
On the initiative of a member of the Commission Mixte, it was considered to establish a pedagogical committee, mostly dealing with pedagogical initiatives regarding cataloguing and research in music iconography.
The tribe Eupariini of New World (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae); iconography II.
As the first retrospective here since the New York Cultural Center's 1974-75 survey, the recent show at the Jewish Museum afforded a new generation an overview of this multifaceted figure whose significance has been well charted in terms of his experimental photography and legendary portraits of the literati and intelligentsia of his time, but not understood in terms of his personal iconography.
Music in Art - International journal for Music Iconography (ISSN 1522-7464), published by the City University of New York, Research Center for Music Iconography, indexed from 2008.