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Judith and Holofernes
David and Goliath
Punishment of Haman
Brazen Serpent

The large spandrels placed in the corners of the ceiling narrate four episodes of the miraculous salvation of the people of Israel. These should be interpreted as prefigurations of the Messiah, because they testify as to the constant presence of God in the life of his people and the continuous renewal of the promise of Redemption. They are therefore junction points between the stories of the ceiling and those of the walls.