What is iconography?

  • (noun): The images and symbolic representations that are traditionally associated with a person or a subject.
    Example: "Religious iconography"; "the propagandistic iconography of a despot"

Iconography

Iconography is the branch of art history which 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 εἰκών ("image") and γράφειν ("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; that is covered at 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.

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Some articles on iconography:

Senua - Iconography
... At least twelve of the votive plaques show classical images of Minerva, with spear, shield and owl the five of these that carried an inscription were dedicated to Senua rather than Minerva. ...
Iconography in Disciplines Other Than Art History
... Iconography, often of aspects of popular culture, is a concern of other academic disciplines including Semiotics, Anthropology, Sociology, Media Studies and Cultural Studies ... Discussing imagery as iconography in this way implies a critical "reading" of imagery that often attempts to explore social and cultural values ... Iconography is also used within film studies to describe the visual language of cinema, particularly within the field of genre criticism. ...
Christian Iconography - Iconography in Disciplines Other Than Art History
... Iconography, often of aspects of popular culture, is a concern of other academic disciplines including Semiotics, Anthropology, Sociology, Media Studies and Cultural Studies ... Discussing imagery as iconography in this way implies a critical "reading" of imagery that often attempts to explore social and cultural values ... Iconography is also used within film studies to describe the visual language of cinema, particularly within the field of genre criticism ...
Lima Culture - Material Culture - Iconography
... From the study of iconography we can tell male and female from body shape, and thus see associated clothes, hairstyles, etc ...