The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

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

Dionisy's frescoes. The Western Wall, the Second 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 circular arcs of the medallion diameter with the foci on its circumference dividing it into six equal parts and arcs between them. The intersecting light grey arcs form a hexagon with concave sides each segment of which contains an equilateral fan-shaped “leaf” with deeply ragged edge oriented in an anticlockwise direction. Presumably, the “leaves” were painted in alternate yellow (ochre), blue (azurite) and pink (ochre): the bottom left is yellow, the opposite retains traces of ochre, both with brown shading of the bases; the bottom right with traces of azurite, the side right with traces of pink ochre and cinnabar. By the circumference there are spreading “flowers” with curved bases and wavy edges facing the centre of the medallion that are painted in the same colours, alternating with the colours of the adjacent “leaves”: the side ones are yellow with brown shading, the bottom left and top right retain traces of blue (azurite) and darker shading, the bottom right has traces of red ochre in the shading. 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 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 all over the medallion, strengthened in the bottom third; a strengthened crack in the left half of the medallion; complete loss of pigments on some elements of the ornament at the top and on the left; the bottom left fan-shaped “leaf” is better preserved. Conservation: 2000, restorer I.N.Fedyshin.