Side altars

Each of the four nich­es set diag­o­nal­ly in the main body of the church con­tains a side altar (1735–36) fur­nished with a canopy sup­port­ed by twist­ed columns in the mar­bled stuc­co typ­i­cal of E. Q. Asam’s work. The paint­ing by his elder broth­er at the north-east­ern altar shows “Christ’s Death on the Cross”, accom­pa­nied by angels, while the paint­ing of the “Coro­na­tion of the Blessed Vir­gin” by the Land­shut mas­ter Matthias Daburg­er (1690–1763) on the south-east­ern altar shows a the­o­log­i­cal con­se­quence of Christ’s redemp­tive mis­sion: the celes­tial crown­ing of Mary by the Holy Trin­i­ty. The oth­er two side-altar paint­ings (both by the elder Asam) illus­trate, at the north-west altar, the vision in which St. Bene­dict saw the entire world lit in a beam of light, and at the cor­re­spond­ing south-west altar the leg­end of St. Mau­rus sav­ing the young monk Placidus from drown­ing. Com­ple­men­tary to this nar­ra­tive, the sil­vered wood­en relief medal­lions by E. Q. Asam on the side altar pre­del­las depict a Guardian Angel, St. Joseph, St. Scholas­ti­ca, and St. John Nepomuk.