In the East, there is a huge amount of theology that goes into iconography, what they show, represent, and the iconography as a thing itself. I mean, volumes of volumes of books can be written on icons, and I’ve seen examples of how they represent really deep mysteries through symbols, colors, and the imagery presented (on a level that I would have never understood unless someone told me).
An example is how the situation of icons with the Theotokos and Symeon within an archway in this church makes it so to represent the presentation of Christ at the temple, that when an individual looks at the icon of the Theotokos with Christ, YOU are the subject of Symeon and hence are the one receiving Christ. Just one example.
However, the West seems to use statues more often in the church setting, and I was wondering is there any kind of theology or deeper meaning to statues than meets the eye? From my limited knowledge, it seems like they are statues with realistic representation of human anatomy that conveys some kind of Saint or Christ in some Christian fashion (such as the Madonna, or Saint holding something associated with him/her). Beyond that, I can’t seem to understand them as anything else than just statues. So is there a deeper aspect to statues that I am missing? Thanks!