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Issue 014

The The Provocation Colum: What is an Icon in Art?
Art Advisory, Issue 014, New Collector, The Provocation Column

What is an Icon?: Some key facts about it

What is an icon? When we speak of an icon, we usually think of a person or thing that serves as a representative symbol. However, art has a distinct definition of an icon or “iconic”–a description that differs to a certain extent from the usual and more general meaning of the icon.

The term iconography is a process of identifying, describing, interpreting, and classifying symbols, subject matter, and themes. The whole concept of icons in the art may leave a question for the beginner, some of which we will try to answer.

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