The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

The Northern Wall, the Second to the West of the Doors

Dionisy's frescoes. The Northern Wall, the Second to the West of the Doors

In the medallion (75 cm in diameter) there is a flower-leaf ornament against a black 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 three parts. The intersecting arcs form a “flower” while the additional lines between its three “petals’ form a rectilineal triangle with the apices in the centres of the circumferences. In the “petals” (the top one is vertical) there are inscribed “leaves” with wavy edges and remnants of green (glauconite) paint. The irregular rhombuses between the “petals” are filled with fan-shaped equilateral, presumably, (judging from the dark pink shading) pink “flowers” with deeply ragged edges by the centre of the medallion. By the medallion circumference there are fan-shaped yellow (ochre) “leaves” with one long (by the medallion circumference) and the other short concave sides and a wavy edge with an embedded “pea” of the background in the middle of the edge; the bases from the tops of the “petals” are dark. All the colour elements of the ornament including the wide border (3.5 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. Condition: thin cracks and damaged white chalk ground all over the medallion, partially strengthened; mechanical damage; nearly complete loss of pigments in the ornament except for the yellow fan-shaped “flowers” at the bottom; complete loss of the cloth folds crossing the medallion. Conservation: 1995, restorer O.V.Lelekova and E.M.Christie.