The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

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

Dionisy's frescoes. The Northern Wall, the First 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 twelve parts The intersecting arcs form a “flower” which twelve “petals” nearly touch the medallion circumference. The “petals” contain “leaves” with wavy edges of alternate yellow (ochre) and green (glauconite) colours with three strokes in the middle: in the yellow ones – brown strokes; in the pink ones – red (cinnabar) strokes. Between the “petals” are three symmetrically placed white “peas”. 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; strengthened loss of the white chalk ground (2x2 cm) in the bottom part of the medallion border; nearly complete loss of pigments except for the two yellow “petals” at the bottom. Complete loss of the cloth folds crossing the medallion. Conservation: 1999, restorer O.V.Lelekova, E.M.Christie.