A place of worship is an appropriate place to take a moment. A retreat, somewhere to sit quietly, to rest, to think, to be in the moment, to pray to your god, if you have one. This is possible even in the Saturday tourist bustle of Gloucester Cathedral.
The seated figure in a church or religious setting features widely in western art. The subject may be praying, preaching or offering or receiving a blessing. One of the most common of all seated images is of the Madonna and Child.