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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
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Theodore Ziolkowski, Disenchanted Images: A Literary Iconology (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1977), 227-57.
The conference seeks to explore and discuss recent development in the dialogue between theology, art history, philosophy and cultural theory concerning the ways people can perceive and interpret icons, iconography and iconology.
Edelstein, '"They Sang the Song of the Shirt: The Visual Iconology of the Seamstress," Victorian Studies 23, no.
Robert Langdon -- now immortalised by Tom Hanks -- is a professor of religious iconology and symbology at Harvard University and has been the central character of Brown's last four works of fiction, which have generated a fair bit of controversy, too.
Kramrisch noted the significance of the placement of icons in the schema of temples, and later art historians like Devangana Desai have studied the religious and philosophical significance of the iconology.
Their topics include what a multimodal critical discourse analysis is, three-dimensional social semiotics, iconography and iconology, women on war monuments, and changing discourses of war.
The GDX6900MNM-1 timepiece, available December 7, 2013, takes the newly-revamped XL-6900 watch face and personalizes it with Eminem iconology for a watch that is not only ruggedly functional, but also stylish & streetwise.
We see how Jesus blesses Mary who is surrounded by rays of light that remind us of the nimbus of the traditional attributive iconology of cult images before the Reformation.
The Decameron "Cornice ": Allusion, Allegory, and Iconology.
However, we realised that in some cases the advertisements may have been misleading to consumers when Spar 'own label products' were associated with the Proudly Namibian iconology.
Panofsky's later, more popular text, Studies in Iconology (1939), does discuss Saturn and Ficino, but not in adequate depth.
The media theory of the American theorist Mitchell has been challenging since the publication of Iconology.