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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
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Traditionally iconographers trace the lines of extant forms; the goal, contrary to the autonomous nature of contemporary painting, is producing a replica that eschews innovation to hand on an unadulterated spiritual precept.
Rather than drawing what the artist sees in nature (although good iconographers have mastered that skill), the iconographer studies and learns to copy as many of the best examples of iconography as possible, thereby internalizing hundreds and even thousands of images representing an unbroken tradition of more than a millennium and a half.
This slippery sort of symbolism is the stuff of nightmares for iconographers, but a form of it is at the heart of many of history's most compelling images-something Borremans recognised early in life.
contends that iconographers are called to perceive the essence of their subjects and then manifest this essence in paint.
In the 16th century, the entire field of Russian visual demonology was transformed as iconographers introduced a much more inventive demonic bestiary and constructed complex hybrid forms, evident in scenes of the Last Judgment and the first illustrated manuscripts of the Apocalypse.
Although the 15th-century Dominican painter created significant variations on the same scene, it is said that he never retouched his paintings because, like the iconographers of Eastern Christianity he believed that he produced them under divine inspiration; thus, they should not be changed.
This does not mean that Orthodox iconographers were or are guilty of the accusation of Nietzsche, that Christians have no joy.
He also noted that another goal for this school is to help Christians in the holy land to revive this industry, make a good contribution to the church and to enable the iconographers to live in pride by raising the excellence of the work and the money the iconography could get for the icons and to stop the exploitation of the Christian workers.
Iconographers were a kind of priest, whose individuality did not matter.
Coptic Iconography: From the Pharaonic Age to the Arab Spring "Magdy William is one of the world's premier Coptic iconographers, having studied under the renowned reviver of the long neglected art, Isaac Fanous.
12) By the sixteenth century, Russian iconographers incorporated Andreas's interpretations in their complex versions of the Apocalypse icon.