icon ology

iconology

[ahy-kuh-nol-uh-jee]
noun
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:
1720–30; icono- + -logy

iconological [ahy-kon-l-oj-i-kuhl, ahy-kuh-nl-] , adjective
iconologist, noun
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iconology (ˌaɪkɒˈnɒlədʒɪ)
 
n
1.  the study or field of art history concerning icons
2.  icons collectively
3.  the symbolic representation or symbolism of icons
 
iconological
 
adj
 
ico'nologist
 
n

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