The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

The Southeastern Pillar, the Northern Facet

Dionisy's frescoes. The Southeastern Pillar, the Northern Facet

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 six equal parts and a circumference of a smaller diameter with the focus in the centre of the medallion. The intersecting light grey (background) arcs form a “flower” with six “petals” in the inner parts of which there are fan-shaped “flowers” with curved (clockwise) sides and wavy edges facing the circumference. The opposite pairs are painted the same colour: the top and bottom ones are yellow (ochre), the top left and bottom right are green (glauconite). Along the circumference of the medallion, opposite the missing “flowers” there are pairs of large elongated “leaves” of yellow and green colours with one wavy side (facing the circumference) orientated in an anticlockwise direction. The shading of the bases of the “flowers” and “leaves” are in dark matching tones. 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 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: damaged white chalk ground in the upper right quarter of the medallion, mechanical damage; complete loss of pigments in the two fan-shaped “flowers”, two “leaves” and background. Conservation: 1995 (?).