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Cultural icon

Cultural icon

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A cultural icon can be an image, a symbol, a logo, picture, name, face, person, or building or other image that is readily recognised, and generally represents an object or concept with great cultural significance to a wide cultural group. A representation of an object or person, or that object or person may come to be regarded as having a special status as particularly representative of, or important to, or loved by, a particular group of people, a place, or a period in history.

Icons and persons

Human beings can acquire cultural iconic status through their actions, achievements, role, beliefs, convictions.

Iconic figures can emerge in social groupings (Gay icon, Pop icon), political parties, among fans of a particular sport or type of music.

Some images may be quite well known, though their name may not be familiar, or even the person depicted may be unknown, as is the case with La Gioconda. In other cases, a name such as Shakespeare may bring to mind a well-known portrait of that person.

Icons and brands

Cultural icons worldwide

Cultural icons may be national, regional or related to a city, and they can symbols for a nation, or can evoke particular values held by that state. For example, France uses Marianne as a symbol of the French Revolution and the rejection of royalism in favour of republicanism and laicity.

Australia

Belgium

Brasil

Bulgaria

Canada

China

The Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics in 2008 featured a number of cultural icons:

Egypt

Estonia

  • Baltika Folklore Festival

France

Germany

India

Ireland

  • Art and architecture:
  • Food and drink:Guinness

Israel

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

Latvia

Liechtenstein

  • Tax reform: Country profile:

Lithuania

Luxembourg

  • Country profile

Netherlands

Monaco

Palestine

Portugal

Romania

Spain

Switzerland

United Kingdom

United States

See also

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