The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

The Northern Altar Apse Wall, the Fourth from the Window

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

In the medallion (75 cm in diameter) there is a flower-leaf ornament. The geometrical pattern of the ornament is built of five concentric circles and circular arcs of the internal circle diameter with the foci on the circumference dividing it into six equal parts. The intersecting light grey arcs form a six-petal “flower” in the centre with slightly displaced “petals” in relation to the central vertical. In them, there are “leaves” with a wavy edge facing upwards in the left half of the medallion and downwards in the right half. Diagonally opposite pairs are of the same colour: the top left and the bottom right are green (glauconite), the rest are yellow (ochre) with a dark shading along the straight edge by the circumference. Between the “petals” at the top and bottom there are twin fan-shaped “flowers” with deep wavy edges orientated in a clockwise direction. The colour solution: opposite to that of the “petals” with dark shading at the bases near the centre of the medallion. The wide (2.5-3 cm) border of the internal circle is green edged with a dark inner border (1cm). All the colour elements of the ornament including the wide border (4.5 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: thin open and strengthened cracks in the left half of the medallion and at the top, damaged white chalk ground in the bottom third; complete loss of pigments in the vertical “leaves” and side “flowers”; considerable loss of the background, partial loss of the cloth folds. Conservation: 2001, restorer I.N.Fedyshin.