The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

The Northern Altar Apse Wall, the Third from the Window

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

In the medallion (60 cm in diameter) there is a flower-leaf ornament against a gray-black background. The geometrical pattern of the ornament is built of circular arcs of the medallion diameter with the foci on its circumference dividing it into four equal parts. The intersecting background arcs form a “flower» with four broad “petals”; the diagonal pairs are of the same colour: the bottom left and the top right are yellow (ochre) while the bottom right and the top left are green (glauconite). In the middle of each “petal” the background in a form of unbroken alternate ovals and circles shows through. Between the “petals” are fan-shaped “leaves”: the top one is yellow, the right and bottom ones are green, with dark shading at the bases. All the colour elements of the ornament including the wide border (2.5 cm) between the two thin ones have a white outline (white chalk ground). 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. Condition: mechanical damage of the white chalk ground; complete loss of pigments in the bottom right “petal” and fan-shaped “leaf” on the left. Conservation: 2003, restorer I.N.Fedyshin.