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Iconography and Iconology, and Semiotics

AH 4000 presentation -- Methods Unit 2: Semiotics. pp. 20-45
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Nisa Chan

on 20 February 2013

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Transcript of Iconography and Iconology, and Semiotics

Iconography and Iconology, and Semiotics Definition: Iconography "the study of images"

identifying motifs and images in works of art Definitions Symbol
Allegory
Iconological interpretation
Iconographic gravity Major Figures in the field Johann Joachin Wincklelmann (1717-1768) Thesis: Anne D'Alleva teaches about how to approach an artwork through the use of the artworks' context. By learning how to approach an artwork through analysis and interpretations of the works' context, viewers are able to determine what the work represents and why the element was depicted in that certain place and time by the artist. Aby Warburg (1866-1929) Erwin Panofsky (1892-1968) approach to iconography through studies of subject matter. an artwork's period connects to religion, philosophy, literature, science, politics, and social life. 3 levels of iconographic analysis:
1) Analyzing what is already known
2) Identifying image as a known story or recognizable character.
3) Decipher image's meaning Buxheim of St. Christopher "In a work of art, 'form' cannot be divorced from 'content'" (D'Alleva, 22). "The Holy Trinity"
Masaccio Definition: Semiotics "the theory of signs" (D'Alleva, 28)
"a sign is something that represents something else" Important Semioticians Ferdinand de Saussure Charles Sanders Peirce Signifier
Signified Representamen
Interpretant
Object Conclusion 1) Why would the need to understand systems and codes matter to viewers for analyzing artworks?

2) For viewers who do not know much about an artwork's context, do you believe that some are appling the methods of using signs? Definition: Iconology explains the how and why the imagery was chosen Through the use of iconology, iconography, and semiotics, viewers can interpret and analyze an artwork through the work's context. By doing so, viewers will become more knowledgeable to the reason for the artist's choice of imagery and , which will lead to the reason of the work's creation. Semiotics
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