The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

The Southern Wall, the Second to the East of the Doors

Dionisy's frescoes. The Southern Wall, the Second to the East of the Doors

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 twelve parts. The unequal segments formed by the arcs contain twelve fan-shaped “leaves’ with one long and one short concave (facing the circumference) sides twisted clockwise. The “leaves” are painted in alternate green (glauconite), yellow (ochre) and pink (dot traces of cinnabar) with dark shading of the bases orientated in an anticlockwise direction. All the colour elements of the ornament including the wide border (3.5-4 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. Condition: thin cracks and damaged white chalk ground all over the medallion, deep mechanical damage; nearly complete loss of pigments in the ornament except for the four “leaves” in the lower half of the medallion; considerable loss of the cloth folds. Conservation: 2005, restorer E.M.Christie.