noun, plural i·co·nog·ra·phies.
  1. symbolic representation, especially the conventional meanings attached to an image or images.
  2. subject matter in the visual arts, especially with reference to the conventions regarding the treatment of a subject in artistic representation.
  3. the study or analysis of subject matter and its meaning in the visual arts; iconology.
  4. a representation or a group of representations of a person, place, or thing, as a portrait or a collection of portraits.

Origin of iconography

1620–30; < Medieval Latin īconographia < Greek eikonographía. See icono-, -graphy
Related formsi·con·o·graph [ahy-kon-uh-graf, -grahf] /aɪˈkɒn əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf/, nouni·co·nog·ra·pher, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for iconograph


noun plural -phies
    1. the symbols used in a work of art or art movement
    2. the conventional significance attached to such symbols
  1. a collection of pictures of a particular subject, such as Christ
  2. the representation of the subjects of icons or portraits, esp on coins
Derived Formsiconographer, nouniconographic (aɪˌkɒnəˈɡræfɪk) or iconographical, adjective
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Word Origin and History for iconograph



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

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