The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

The Northwestern Pillar, the Southern Facet

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

In the medallion (75 cm in diameter) there is a flower-leaf motif against a grey-black background. The geometrical pattern of the ornament is built of circular arcs of the medallion diameter with the foci on the circumference dividing it into six equal parts and arcs in between. The intersecting arcs form a six-petal flower inscribed in a hexagon with concave sides. The sharp-pointed “petals” are divided into halves by curved diagonal lines with “small leaves” in each half. The outside edges of the “small leaves” are wavy. A combination of yellow (ochre) with dark shading and blue (azurite) “leaves” is used in the top three “petals” and the right bottom one: blue for the outside part in the top left and bottom right “leaves” and vice versa in the other two. The two bottom petals to the left are filled with blue (near the centre) and green (to the outside) “leaves”. Small teardrop-shaped cavities in the “leaves” at the centre of the “flower” show the background: in the top left “petals” they touch each other as the curved line changes its direction from left to right. Between the “leaves” in the hexagon there are “flowers” with a wide rounded centre and three narrow “petals” diverging into the corners. The top left and right “flowers” are green (glauconite) with dark points in the centre and oblong strokes in the “petals”. The left and the right top and bottom “flowers” are pinkish yellow with red (cinnabar) points and strokes. The bottom left “flower” is yellow with dark points and strokes. Between the vertices of the hexagon there are spreading «leaves” with cavities in the middle of the base near the border and wavy edges. The left and bottom right leaves are yellow, the right is pinkish (?), the top right and bottom left are blue with dark shading. All the colour elements of the ornament including the wide border (3.5 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 the compass. Light green cloth folds are painted over the ornament. Condition: several open and strengthened thin vertical cracks in the right third of the medallion. Partial loss of colour in the ornament, considerable loss of the cloth folds. Conservation: 2000, restorer I.N.Fedyshin.