The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

The Southern Altar Apse Wall, the Third from the Window

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

In the medallion (60 cm in diameter) there is a flower-leaf ornament against a grey-black background. The geometrical pattern of the ornament is built of five small circumferences of a third of the medallion diameter: one- in the centre; the rest on the sides on perpendicular axes. The central circle is yellow (ochre) with a dark core. In the other there are round “flowers” with wavy edges and “peas” of the background at the centre of the medallion; all of them retain traces of pink and yellow pigments. Between the circles are green (glauconite) trapezoid “leaves” with wavy edges facing the medallion border, dark shading and semicircles around the background “peas” at the bases. 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 all the circumferences there are traces of the leg of a compass. Light green cloth folds are painted over the ornament. Condition: damaged white chalk ground in the bottom third of the medallion, mechanical damage; complete loss of pigments in the four circles, considerable loss of the cloth folds. Conservation: 2003, restorer O.M. Revin.