The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

The Southern Altar Wall, the First from the Window

Dionisy's frescoes. The Southern Altar Wall, the First from the Window

In the medallion (75 cm in diameter) there is a flower-leaf ornament against a light grey background. The geometrical pattern of the ornament is built of arcs of the medallion diameter with the foci on its circumference dividing it into four equal parts and a circumference of a smaller diameter with the focus in the centre of the medallion. The intersecting arcs form a “flower” which four broad “petals” are halved. The outer parts of the “petals” are diagonally divided with the inscribed twin fan-shaped “leaves”: those by the circumference are yellow, the internal ones are green (glauconite). The wavy edges of the right and bottom left “leaves” face the yellow ones; that of the top left “leaf” faces upwards. The bases are shadowed with dark strokes. Between the “petals” are large green (glauconite) fan-shaped equilateral “flowers” with dark shading at the bases by the centre of the medallion and wavy edges with a semi-circle in the middle. Traces of the borders of the medallion: the wide one (4 cm) with two thin ones and the white chalk ground in between. In the centre of the medallion and on its circumference there are traces of the leg of a compass. Light green cloth folds are painted over the ornament. There is a niche above the medallion. Condition: thin surface cracks all over the medallion. Complete loss of the background and ornament elements inside the small circle. Considerable loss of the cloth folds. Conservation: 2005, restorer E.M. Christie.