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The branch of art history that deals with the description, analysis, and interpretation of icons or iconic representations.

i·con′o·log′i·cal (ī-kŏn′ə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
i′co·nol′o·gist n.


1. (Art Terms) the study or field of art history concerning icons
2. icons collectively
3. (Eastern Church (Greek & Russian Orthodox)) the symbolic representation or symbolism of icons
iconological adj
ˌicoˈnologist n


(ˌaɪ kəˈnɒl ə dʒi)

the study of icons or symbolic representations.
i•con•o•log•i•cal (aɪˌkɒn lˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl) adj.


1. the study of images.
2. iconography. — iconologist, n. — iconological, adj.
See also: Images
the description, history, and analysis of symbolic art or artistic symbolism, especially that of the late medieval and Renaissance periods. Also called iconography. — iconologist, n. — iconological, adj.
See also: Art
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Noun1.iconology - the branch of art history that studies visual images and their symbolic meaning (especially in social or political terms)
art history - the academic discipline that studies the development of painting and sculpture
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At the iconological level (to use Ernst Gombrich's term) Foulem meant the object to represent a classic type of ceramic objects, harkening back to 18th century European decorative art objects, usually presented in a pair, that were made in porcelain at Meissen and other continental factories, as well as at Chelsea and Derby in England.
These, in turn, call for a close investigation of its iconographical, iconological, narrative, formalistic and stylistic details.
The iconological attributes of the beast and the emphasis on the knights' onore and nobilita suggest that the ekphrasis represents the triumph of Honor over Avarice, though this is thematized everywhere and directly communicated nowhere.
In 1964, Raymond Klibansky and Erwin Panofsky published Saturn and Melancholy, the result of 50 years of iconological investigation undertaken (with Fritz Saxl, who had died in 1948) under the auspices of the Warburg Institute.
For the discussion about the iconological method see Bastian Eclercy, "Von Mausefallen und Ofenschirmen.
Mapping the imaginary realm of Prester John is narrative mapping similar to and anticipating later iconological mappings and it carries the context of political power because of its ideological significance.
The rich iconographic and iconological background of this work is unusual for an artist of Arena's generation (he was born in 1978).
This perhaps is reason for the recurrence of iconological symbols of particular animals used in sacrifice on the art representations on oponifa all over Yoruba land.
Existing research (iconographical and iconological analysis of visual art work, compositional interpretation, semiotic analysis, psychoanalysis, anthropological analysis, discourse analysis, content analysis and image as text analysis) has mainly been concentrated on the examination of visual representations that already exist.
Among recent volumes, however, Laurence Le Diagon-Jacquin's examination of the influence of images on--and their relationship to--some of Liszt's most familiar compositions applies Erwin Panofsky's iconological theories to what otherwise might seem "merely" a musical-analytical discussion.
Night Thoughts: Blake's Iconographic Ruminations (and Iconological Revelations).
there is] no difference between texts and images" (161), a view that allows for iconological parallels.