The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

The Western Wall, the First to the South of the Gates

Dionisy's frescoes. The Western Wall, the First to the South of the Gates

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 four circumferences of half the medallion diameter symmetrically positioned around its centre on perpendicular axes and a circumference of a smaller diameter with the focus in the centre of the medallion. The intersecting light grey arcs in the centre of the medallion form a “flower” with four narrow “petals” which contain “leaves” with one long and the other short concave sides and a wavy edge ( in the bottom ones they face each other; the bases of all leaves face downwards). The bottom left “leaf” is yellow (ochre) with a brown shading of the base, in the bottom right and top left “leaves” there are traces of blue (azurite). In the inner and outer parts of the four circumferences are spreading “flowers” with wavy edges facing each other: near the centre of the medallion they are fan-shaped with traces of red (ochre) shading in the bottom and left ones; along the medallion circumference there are twin “leaves” surrounding the “pea” with traces of azurite. Outside the four circumferences there are fan-shaped “flowers” with one short and the other long (facing the medallion circumference) sides and ragged edges twisted clockwise with shading in brown strokes. All the colour elements of the ornament including the wide border (3 cm) between the two thin ones have a white outline (white chalk ground). In the centre of the medallion and on the four circumferences there are traces of the leg of a compass. Condition: damaged white chalk ground all over the medallion; strengthened losses in the upper left quarter; complete loss of pigments in most elements of the ornament and cloth folds crossing the medallion on the sides; better preserved ochre in the three “leaves” at the bottom. Conservation: 2000, restorer I.N.Fedyshin.