1. the historical analysis and interpretive study of symbols or images and their contextual significance; iconography.
  2. the study of icons or symbolic representations.

Origin of iconology

First recorded in 1720–30; icono- + -logy
Related formsi·con·o·log·i·cal [ahy-kon-l-oj-i-kuh l, ahy-kuh-nl-] /aɪˌkɒn lˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ˌaɪ kə nl-/, adjectivei·co·nol·o·gist, noun
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  1. the study or field of art history concerning icons
  2. icons collectively
  3. the symbolic representation or symbolism of icons
Derived Formsiconological (aɪˌkɒnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveiconologist, noun
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