The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

The Northeastern Pillar, the Southern Facet

Dionisy's frescoes. The Northeastern Pillar, the Southern Facet

In the medallion (74 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 four equal parts. The intersecting arcs form four broad “petals” which contain “leaves” with one long and one short (along the circumference) sides and a wavy edge orientated in a clockwise direction. The bottom “leaves” are yellow (ochre), the top right is green (glauconite) with dark shading at the base by the circumference. Between the “petals” there are equilateral fan-shaped “flowers” with edges in a form of unbroken semicircles: the left one is green (glauconite), the top one is yellow (ochre) with the dark shading at the bases in the centre of the medallion. The top “leaf” and right “flower” retain dot traces of cinnabar. All the colour elements of the ornament including the wide border (4 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. In the upper right part of the medallion there is a niche. 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”, one “leaf” and the background; partial loss of the cloth folds. Conservation: 2000.