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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Accurate recordings of nebulae, comets and solar protuberances now extended the iconography of the natural world.
▪ Braque who had been responsible in 1908 for the introduction of musical iconography into Cubist painting was furthermore seriously interested in music.
▪ Cowboys and prospectors dominate the neon iconography of the hotels along Fremont Street, the older part of town.
▪ It is a milieu of distant anthems and religious iconography.
▪ Making family portraits and documenting weddings, she learned that photographers occupied a special place in the iconography of domesticity.
▪ Pollock visited the exhibition daily and assimilated its iconography and stylistic innovation.
▪ This vision is frequently depicted in her iconography.
▪ With the worship of Amida, a new Buddhist iconography arose.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Iconography \I`co*nog"ra*phy\, n. [Gr. ? a sketch or description; e'ikw`n an image + ? of describe: cf. F. iconographie.]

  1. The art or representation by pictures or images; the description or study of portraiture or representation, as of persons; as, the iconography of the ancients.

  2. The study of representative art in general.

    Christian iconography, the study of the representations in art of the Deity, the persons of the Trinity, angels, saints, virtues, vices, etc.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1620s, from Medieval Latin iconographia, from Greek eikonographia "sketch, description," from eikon (see icon) + -graphia (see -graphy). Related: Iconographic.


n. 1 A set of specified or traditional symbolic forms associated with the subject or theme of a stylized genre of art. 2 The art of representation by pictures or images; the description or study of portraiture or representation, as of persons. 3 The study of representative art in general.


n. the images and symbolic representations that are traditionally associated with a person or a subject; "religious iconography"; "the propagandistic iconography of a despot"


Iconography, as a branch of art history, studies the identification, description, and the interpretation of the content of images: the subjects depicted, the particular compositions and details used to do so, and other elements that are distinct from artistic style. The word iconography comes from the Greek ("image") and ("to write"). A secondary meaning (based on a non-standard translation of the Greek and Russian equivalent terms) is the production of religious images, called "icons", in the Byzantine and Orthodox Christian tradition; see Icon. In art history, "an iconography" may also mean a particular depiction of a subject in terms of the content of the image, such as the number of figures used, their placing and gestures. The term is also used in many academic fields other than art history, for example semiotics and media studies, and in general usage, for the content of images, the typical depiction in images of a subject, and related senses. Sometimes distinctions have been made between iconology and iconography, although the definitions, and so the distinction made, varies. When referring to movies, genres are immediately recognizable through their iconography, motifs that become associated with a specific genre through repetition.

Iconography (Travis Dickerson album)

Iconography is the debut album of the keyboardist Travis Dickerson. Released December 30, 2009 on his label TDRS Music The album also features the collaboration of several artist's that have worked with him over the years, including drummer Bryan "Brain" Mantia, guitarist Buckethead, keyboardist Vince DiCola, his brother Lindy Dickerson, among many others.

Iconography (disambiguation)

Iconography is the study of icons

Iconography may also refer to:

  • Iconography, Bill Nelson (musician) album
  • Iconography (Travis Dickerson album)

Usage examples of "iconography".

I gaze at the familiar iconography: my brother forthrightly addressing the camera, almost hungrily sentimental and bonhomous, his arm around me to proclaim the occasion.

St Catherine and the rest of the Catholic hagiology as an obsolete iconography of exploded myths.

Again, the most immediately familiar example of this archetype comes from the traditions of Christian iconography.

Such new research on points of iconography or numismatics has made it possible to ascertain certain aspects of the cult of Antinous and even certain dates in that short life.

He has displayed the same skill in water-colour in that astonishing iconography, in which he has detailed, with marvellous accuracy, all the peculiarities of the mycological flora of the olive-growing districts.

The transition from the early iconography of the monastic Buddha to an ornamented and crowned figure is probably to be connected with the evolution of the doctrine of the Three Bodies which distinguished from the so-called historical Buddha the Buddhas of Meditation who in turn were manifestations of Buddhahood in its absolute form.

The wall-paintings that have been studied for art history and iconography comprise the work, much of it early, in the temples and monasteries of western Tibet, including Ladakh, and that found in temples and monasteries in south-central Tibet.

Works on Tibetan iconography commonly distribute deities under a greater number of headings without necessarily specifying affiliations and some of these gods may be briefly summarised here.

Let me, McCoy said, and he started to explain about demonography and iconography and pitchforks and pointed tails until Sarek was shaking his head in wonder.

The proposed iconography ranged from human faces showing expressions of illness or disgust, indicating that the area was poisonous, to diagrams using atomic numbers to note specifically what elements were interred.

Basically, he guessed, they reprogrammed it, messed with its code, and after they left, the graffiti-eaters were back out there, slurping down the latest Chupacabra iconography.

Plus, there were some very odd and creative attempts to evolve a new iconography of polymorphous-perverse fetishism.