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Closely related to iconography, but whereas that term is essentially descriptive (for example identifying a saint by his or her visual attributes), iconology is more interpretative. It implies an examination, for example, of the meaning of an image or work of art by setting the iconographical evidence it offers in a wider context, for example historical or social. The term was particularly advocated by the great German art historian Erwin Panofsky (1892–1968).

Subjects: Art.


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