Iconography

Iconography is the branch of art history which studies the identification, description, and the interpretation of the content of images: the subjects depicted, the particular compositions and details used to do so, and other elements that are distinct from artistic style. The word iconography comes from the Greek εἰκών (“image”) and γράφειν (“to write”). A secondary meaning (based on a non-standard translation of the Greek and Russian equivalent terms) is the production of religious images, called icons, in the Byzantine and Orthodox Christian tradition. In art history, “an iconography” may also mean a particular depiction of a subject in terms of the content of the image, such as the number of figures used, their placing and gestures. The term is also used in many academic fields other than art history, for example semiotics and media studies, and in general usage, for the content of images, the typical depiction in images of a subject, and related senses. Sometimes distinctions have been made between Iconology and Iconography, although the definitions, and so the distinction made, varies. When referring to movies, genres are immediately recognizable through their iconography, motifs that become associated with a specific genre through repetition.

Graphae means writing, which came from a religious background. All paintings are done by monks in the monastic background. Usually it takes longer period to finish one work as it is painted after a long meditation and prayer. Infact it is an inspired one so god speaks through icons. This is why icons are venerated as we venerate blessed sacraments.
Colours used
Gold (to denote divinity)
Red (to denote God’s presence)
Blue (to denote humanity)
White (to denote power of God )

Surface – Black (denotes sinful nature of man)
No icons can be copied and retouched because of its divine nature, as bible is written with the divine inspiration icons are also drawn with divine revelation. Iconography of Perpetual Succor is very famous

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