- the historical analysis and interpretive study of symbols or images and their contextual significance; iconography.
- the study of icons or symbolic representations.
Origin of iconology
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Examples from the Web for iconology
In the Lincoln iconology, his pictures before and after the whiskers is a distinction.The Lincoln Story Book
Henry L. Williams
Iconology, ī-kon-ol′o-ji, n. the doctrine of images, especially with reference to worship.
A whole science arose out of these symbols and emblems: Iconology, which differs only in form from mythology.A Manual of the Historical Development of Art
G. G. (Gustavus George) Zerffi
- the study or field of art history concerning icons
- icons collectively
- the symbolic representation or symbolism of icons
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