Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Pictorial illustration of a subject.
  • n. The collected representations illustrating a subject.
  • n. A set of specified or traditional symbolic forms associated with the subject or theme of a stylized work of art.
  • n. A treatise or book dealing with iconography.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A set of specified or traditional symbolic forms associated with the subject or theme of a stylized genre of art

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The art or representation by pictures or images; the description or study of portraiture or representation, as of persons.
  • n. The study of representative art in general.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That branch of knowledge which relates to the representation of persons or objects by means of images or statues, busts, paintings, drawings, engravings on gems or metals, and the like.
  • n. The art of producing likenesses, portraits, or graphic representations; the art of illustration.
  • n. Pictorial representation in general; an illustrative figure or collection of figures.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the images and symbolic representations that are traditionally associated with a person or a subject

Etymologies

Late Latin īconographia, description, verbal sketch, from Medieval Greek eikonographiā : eikono-, icono- + -graphiā, -graphy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
icon +‎ -ography (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The word iconography comes from the Greek word εἰκονογραφία; in modern usage iconography is a de - scription and/or interpretation of the content of works of art and therefore its history belongs to the history of human ideas.

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  • I ask her questions about her iconography, and she acts as though she has no idea what the word iconography even means.

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  • And what surprised me in the Tennessee case is that that whole iconography from the early republic seems to have been lost in this sense of quid quo pro - if you give me money, I will protect you.

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  • The aim of the art of iconography is to give witness to the presence of God in his visible image ... the composition and the perspective, the colors and the light, the decorative elements: everything takes on a spiritual meaning ...

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  • Some of our recent features related to the work and writing of David Clayton, which is inclusive of the iconographic tradition, as well as a recent mention of Russian iconography by Fr. Raymond Blake put me to mind of my own long-standing interest in iconography, particularly from the Byzantine tradition.

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  • Our once-visionary iconography is now commonplace.

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  • Halo iconography is recognizable in virtually any form.

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  • This is what I see when I look at the stone - keeping in mind this is TINY - only 2 inches across: A yin/yang pattern; a sun (full circle), moon (crescent) and a square, which in Chinese iconography represents the earth, and may also represent a "field" (square of land).

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  • In a week of fierce competition, listen to mockney BBC person Stewart Lee (of Jerry Springer fame/notoriety) on the Today programme yesterday, explaining (RealAudio) why "Christian iconography is up for grabs" but how Islam is off limits.

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  • Only the degree to which one iconography is contemporary and the other obsolete might differentiate the effect and therefore, by extension, the process.

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