The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

The Northern Side of the Central Altar Apse

Dionisy's frescoes. The Northern Side of the Central Altar Apse

In the medallion (75 cm in diameter) there is a flower-leaf ornament. The geometrical pattern of the ornament is built of circular arcs of the medallion diameter with the foci on its circumference dividing it into three equal parts and a circumference of a smaller diameter with the focus in the centre of the medallion. The intersecting arcs form three “petals” divided into two parts: in the inner parts there are yellow (ochre) pyramids which vertices coincide with the centre of the medallion and dark strokes at the base of each “step”. The green (glauconite) “pyramids” have different shading methods: the two at the top have strokes coming form one and the same point, the left at the bottom with strokes in each “step”. In between as well as in outer parts of the “petals” there are traces of pink pigments and cinnabar strokes. Between the outer parts of the “petals” are pairs of fan-shaped “flowers”: yellow and green, except for the two single “flowers” on the left: at the top next to the niche it is green, while the bottom one is yellow. The “flowers” have wavy edges orientated in an anticlockwise direction and dark shading at the bases. Traces of borders of the medallion: the wide (4 cm) border between the two thin ones with 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. In the upper part of the medallion there is a niche. Condition: thin cracks all over the medallion; complete loss of the background and pigments in the outer parts of the “petals” and between the inner parts of the “petals” near the centre; considerable loss of the cloth folds. Conservation 2001, restorer N.G. Bregman.