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Grade 9-12

The Study of Iconology and Its Basics

by Merritt Barnwell | Arts FREE

4 Lessons 44:24
  1. 1. Introduction 15:45
  2. 2. Arnolfini Portrait 13:26
  3. 3. The Annunciation 12:24
  4. 4. Conclusion 2:49

Grade 9-12


NGSS Standards



About the course

In The Study of Iconology and Its Basics, we will discuss the method of approaching and studying art history titled Iconology. We will introduce this method by explaining how it is used, where it originated, and its pros and cons. It is an essential thing to learn in regards to art history but is only the first step. We will then use two pieces of art as examples of this method and demonstrate how it is used as well as discussing two very interesting and exciting paintings.


  • Arnolfini Portrait
  • Art History
  • Iconography
  • Iconology
  • Symbols


Hello, my name is Merritt! I am a student at Yale University where I study Art History and Studio Art. I am personally very passionate about painting and graphic design, specifically, book design. I grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico where I was always surrounded by art. When I was younger I volunteered at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum where I first participated in arts education. I now tour-guide at the Yale Center for British Art where I teach visitors about the collection. I am interested in making art more accessible and hope that shows through in my videos!

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