The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

The Southern Wall, the Third to the East of the Doors (under the window)

Dionisy's frescoes. The Southern Wall, the Third to the East of the Doors (under the window)

In the medallion (75 cm in diameter) there is a flower-leaf ornament against a light grey 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 arcs form a “flower” with four broad “petals” that are divided lengthwise by curved lines going from the centre of the medallion to one of the edges (on the left – to the lower edge, on the right - to the upper edge). In the narrow parts there are inscribed “leaves” with a wavy side orientated in a clockwise direction. In the wide parts there are fan-shaped “leaves” with one long and one short (by the circumference) sides and wavy edges orientated in a clockwise direction. Both “leaves” of the opposite “petals” are painted the same colour: the top left (darkened pigment with dark shading along the straight edge from the base by the circumference) and bottom right one retain traces of a green pigment, the rest – traces of a pink pigment with ingrained cinnabar. Between the “petals” are yellow (ochre) fan-shaped “flowers” with wavy edges by the circumference and shading at the base, the colours on the left one are considerably darker. 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: damaged white chalk ground and diagonal cracks all over the medallion; nearly complete loss of pigments in the “petals”; considerable loss on the cloth folds. In the upper left quarter of the medallion the pigments have darkened as a result of exposure to high temperature (?). Conservation: 2004 (?), restorer O.V.Lelekova