The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

The Southwestern Pillar, the Eastern Facet

Dionisy's frescoes. The Southwestern Pillar, the Eastern Facet

In the medallion (75 cm in diameter) there is a flower-leaf ornament against a grey background. The geometrical pattern of the ornament is built of circular arcs of the medallion diameter with the four foci on the circumference dividing it into four parts. The intersecting arcs form a “flower” with four broad “petals” in the centre of which in each “petal” there are small grayish-blue (background) “petals” in a form of an eye with a white hole. In the broad “petals” along the long sides there are “leaves” with ragged edges facing each other. The colour is preserved only in the bottom “leaves”: red (ochre) on the left sides of the “leaves”, yellow (ochre) on the right sides of the left “petal” and blue (azurite) in the right one; the shading (in the centre of the medallion) is dark of a matching tone, and cinnabar on the red elements. In between there are small “pyramids” alternating with “leaves” in colour: left – blue, right – yellow. Between the broad “petals” are twin “leaves” with a ragged edge; one of the “small leaves” along the “petal” (top left and bottom left – blue; bottom right – yellow); the second “leaves” along the circumference of the medallion (bottom and left – yellow). 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 a compass. Light green cloth folds are painted over the ornament. Condition: damaged white chalk ground and complete loss of colour in the elements in the upper half of the ornament and the cloth folds. Conservation: 1998, restorer E.M.Christie.