The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

The Northwestern Pillar, The Eastern Facet

Dionisy's frescoes. The Northwestern Pillar, The Eastern Facet

In the medallion (75 cm in diameter) there is a flower-leaf motif against a grey-black background.

The geometric pattern of the ornament is built of circular arcs of the medallion diameter with the four foci on the circumference dividing it into four equal parts and a circumference of half the medallion diameter. The intersecting arcs form a flower with four broad leaves which are divided into two parts with the smaller circle. Inside the smaller circle are pink and yellow (ochre) “pyramids” with red (cinnabar) shading of the bases, outside – yellow (ochre) rectangles with ragged sides and light-brown shading at the base by the medallion circumference. In between are blue (lapis lazuli) trapezoid figures with wavy sides along the circumference of the medallion. In the centre the background, shaped by the contour of the “pyramids” into four “towers” with a rhombus at the top (near the focus of the medallion) and two peas on the sides and one pea under the base, shows through. 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. Condition: a strengthened vertical crack in the right side of the medallion, damaged white chalk ground and cracks in the upper part and also partly in the bottom half of the medallion. Nearly complete loss of pigments in the upper half of the medallion, partial loss in the bottom half. The two bottom yellow rectangles are well preserved. Complete loss of the cloth folds crossing the medallion. Conservation: 2002 (?)