Adorning the lower dome shell of the dome above each of these side altars, we find four large reliefs (1721) by E. Q. Asam Executed in elegant gilded stucco on a green brocade background, they depict the archangels Raphael, Michael, Uriel, and Gabriel, their headgear indicating the four then known parts of the earth which they protected. Between these figures, gilded stucco reliefs by the same master connect the real space of the nave (both formally and thematically) with the illusionary heavenly space of the dome frescoes above. Above the sanctuary arch, in the “Death of St. Benedict”, the saint, still on his feet, expires in the arms of his brethren. This is juxtaposed with the “Death of St. Scholastica”, Benedict’s sister, on the western side. Her soul is depicted as ascending to heaven in the shape of a dove. The two reliefs on the long sides depict scenes from Benedict’s life: to the south, the construction of the order’s mother house at Monte Cassino in 529 (completed in spite of the devil’s intervention); to the north, the prophecy of the imminent death of the Ostrogoth King Totila. These eight reliefs are separated by flat bands decorated with the so-called “St. Benedict Medallion”, which continue the upward line of the mighty pilasters around the nave. The four high flattened arches are crowned by typical Asam figures of the evangelists, John, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, with the last-named, the patron saint of artists, placed immediately below the above-mentioned stucco bust of C. D. Asam.