[ahy-kuh-nog-ruh-fee] /ˌaɪ kəˈnɒg rə fi/

noun, plural iconographies.
symbolic representation, especially the conventional meanings attached to an image or images.
subject matter in the visual arts, especially with reference to the conventions regarding the treatment of a subject in artistic representation.
the study or analysis of subject matter and its meaning in the visual arts; iconology.
a representation or a group of representations of a person, place, or thing, as a portrait or a collection of portraits.
noun (pl) -phies

a collection of pictures of a particular subject, such as Christ
the representation of the subjects of icons or portraits, esp on coins

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


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