Iconclass – a classification system for art and iconography

Iconclass is a classification system used by art historians, researchers and curators. It is a hierarchically ordered collection of definitions of objects, people, events and abstract ideas that may form the subject of an image. It is widely accepted as a scientific tool for description, retrieval and research of subjects in images.

Iconclass is divided to cover the following subjects:

0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
1 Religion and Magic
2 Nature
3 Human being, Man in general
4 Society, Civilization, Culture
5 Abstract Ideas and Concepts
6 History
7 Bible
8 Literature
9 Classical Mythology and Ancient History

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Date created: 2012

Author: Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

Publisher: Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences