Iconography: Images contain
- Primary meaning or natural subject matter. This divides into factual and expressional.
- Secondary meaning or conventional subject matter. Motifs, themes and concepts.
- Intrinsic meaning or content. Iconography, Panofsky.
Primary, secondary and intrinsic meaning
- Phenomenal meaning: Known or derived through the senses rather than through the mind.
- Essential meaning: Constituting or being part of the essence of something.
Analysis examples are taken from diesel.com.
Diesel kids: fantastic and sci-fi environments
Piece from Barthes' Mythologies: Wrestling
Elements of semiology.
"Cutting off the nose to spite the face."
Primavera by Botticelli is well described on wikipedia, and gives much of the contextual, or historical and cultural, meaning of the image.