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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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Mr.Chen in his remarks offered to expand cooperation in iconological development, forest conservation, information technology, and water and air pollution control, academic exchanges, and industrial design, media and communication sectors.
The iconological context of these worldly looking celestial attendants and "apsaras" remains, however, a mystery.
Through these, iconological inferences are derived as a handle for the interpretation of cultural materials.
Likewise, Bourdieu attempts a parallel revolution: he wants an art history that does not mask the blunt force of the work by placing it in the cultic discourse of precursor text, iconological readings, and so on.
Reemes, DM, ' The Egyptian Ouroboros: An Iconological and Theological Study', PhD thesis, 2015, UCLA https://escholarship.org/uc/item/6c0153p7
Among her topics are Archimedean points: monuments as duration reservoirs, forms and figures: two fundamental modes of pictorial production, iconological space: Panofsky with Warburg, the figural synthesis of historical reality in the iconology table, and figural content and the past as a res extensa.
As Northrop Frye observes, "Ruskin has learned his trade from the great iconological tradition which comes down through Classical and Biblical scholarship into Dante and Spenser, both of whom he had studied carefully, and which is incorporated in the medieval cathedrals he had pored over in such detail" (10).
Iconological Realization and Aesthetic Transformation
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.
Patrizio Di Massimo's solo show "Are Ere Ire"--which included paintings, sculptures, installations, and performances, all from 2014--offered ample evidence of the multiplicity of languages he draws upon and of the vast iconographic and iconological repertory that drives his work.