The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

The Southeastern Pillar, the Southern Facet

Dionisy's frescoes. The Southeastern Pillar, the Southern Facet

In the medallion (71 cm in diameter) there is a flower-leaf ornament against a light grey background. The geometrical pattern of the ornament is built of circular arcs of the medallion diameter with the foci on its circumference dividing it into four parts. The intersecting arcs form a four-petal “flower”, the left “petals” of which are a little wider than the right ones. The opposite “petals’ are the same colour: the top left and bottom right are yellow (ochre) with brown shading of the outer sides, the other pair retains traces of cinnabar. In the middle of each “petal” the background with a wavy outline and a “pea” at the end shows through. Between the ”petals” are green (glauconite) fan-shaped “leaves” with wavy edges and a “pea” of the background in the middle, by the medallion border and dark shaded bases. All the colour elements of the ornament including the wide border (3.5 -4 cm) between the two thin ones have a white outline (white chalk ground). In the centre of the medallion there is a trace of the leg of a compass. Light green cloth folds are painted over the ornament. Condition: thin cracks and mechanical damage all over the medallion. Nearly complete loss of pigment in the two “petals”, considerable loss of pigment in the three fan-shaped “leaves”, the cloth folds and background. Conservation: 2003, restorer N.G.Bregman.