The best way to nail down what iconography entails is to think of a painting purely in terms of its visuals and what each of these elements means. Some obvious examples of iconography in action is the considerable classroom time devoted to interpreting the green light at the end ofor the endless possibilities contained within the ‘s smile. It is, in short, being that vociferous museum enthusiast pointing at bowls and halos buried in oil and doing his best to impress with his alternately entertaining and infuriating interpretations. All this is, of course, fair game. But Panofsky is calling for us to think bigger and do better.Enter iconology, which is more specifically concerned with theof this symbolism and the precise technical circumstances and historical influences that created it.
Thursday, January 24, 2019
… Studies in Iconology (Modern Library Nonfiction #80) – Reluctant Habits.