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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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Reemes, DM, ' The Egyptian Ouroboros: An Iconological and Theological Study', PhD thesis, 2015, UCLA https://escholarship.
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.
In contrast, iconological studies of the image examine the political and ideological structure of representation (Mitchell, Iconology 2).
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.
This aesthetic dovetails with a thematic or, more precisely, an iconological tradition in comics that is rooted in animalizing stories: animal fables, trickster tales, and shape-shifter lore.
The comparison between the Japanese and Western culture is based on the iconological analysis of the literary text and the visual elements.
These, in turn, call for a close investigation of its iconographical, iconological, narrative, formalistic and stylistic details.
The piling of frame upon frame, mediation within mediation, killing upon killing, spectacle upon spectacle, the excess of cinematic intertexts and immersion in layers of violence, produce deeply unsettling, vertiginous effects as they unfold a set of iconological and technological connectivities that also structure the 'shadow archive' of the Abu Ghraib trophy images (the latter are described by Pugliese in compelling detail [2013, pp.
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.