A brief introduction to iconography with a window from Chartres Cathedral and the Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck. Narrated by Peter Beal, art history and humanities faculty at Front Range



 A short film discussing gender roles in the media. how men and women shape their appearances around what is seen on television and in films.



Iconography Renaissance Art


Iconography is the branch of art history which studies the identification, description, and the interpretation of the content of images. The word iconography literally means "image writing", or painting, and comes from the Greek εικον (image) and γραφειν (to write). A secondary meaning is the painting of icons in the Byzantine and Orthodox Christian tradition. A third meaning lies in the field of semiotics, see below. Sometimes a distinction is made between Iconology, the branch of art history that deals with the description, analysis, and interpretation of icons or iconic representations[1], and Iconography, a set of specified or traditional symbolic forms associated with the subject or theme of a stylized work of art


Christianity was born of the idea that the immaterial God took flesh in the form of Jesus Christ, making it possible to depict in human form the Son of God. It is for this reason that the Early Christians overturned the old proscriptions against images. Also, the concept of archetype was redefined by the Early Church fathers in order to better understand that when someone shows veneration toward an image, the intention is rather to honor the person depicted, not the substance of the icon. Icons flourished within the Christian world, but by the 6th century, certain factions arose within the Church to challenge the use of icons, and in 726-30 they won Imperial support. The Iconoclasts actively destroyed icons in most public places, replacing them with the only religious depiction allowed, the cross. The Iconodules, on the other hand, argued that icons had always been used by Christians and should continue to be allowed. Finally, after much debate at the 7th ecumenical council, held in Nicaea in 787, the Iconodules, supported by the Empress, upheld the use of icons as an integral part of Christian tradition.









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