iconography (Īˌkŏnŏgˈrəfē) [key] [Gr., = image-drawing] or iconology [Gr., = image-study], in art history, the study and interpretation of figural representations, either individual or symbolic, religious or secular; more broadly, the art of representation by pictures or images, which may or may not have a symbolic as well as an apparent or superficial meaning.

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