The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

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

Dionisy's frescoes. The Northern Wall, the First to the East of the Doors

In the medallion (75 cm in diameter) there is a flower-leaf ornament against a grey background. The geometrical pattern of the ornament is built of a circumference of half the medallion diameter with the focus in its centre. Inside the circle four circumferences of half its diameter are inscribed on perpendicular axes. Between the smaller central and medallion circumferences there are eight circumferences evenly positioned at a small distance from each other. The intersecting arcs form a “flower” with four broad “petals” of the grey background. The parts of the circumferences outside the “flower” and the eight circumferences contain round “flowers” with wavy edges and “peas” in the bases facing each other between the centre and the border of the medallion. In the centre the top and the bottom ones retain some green and blue pigments, on the sides – presumably, alternating pink, yellow and greenish-blue: the top and bottom on the sides – yellow ochre with dark shading above the “pea” in the bottom ones; in the side ones – traces of a bluish-green pigment, in the top and the bottom ones – pinkish-grey. Outside the four central circles there are four small yellow spreading “leaves”. Between the eight circles are trapezoid elements with concave sides and wavy edges facing the medallion circumference and embedded “peas” in the middle of the opposite sides. In the figures there are traces of pigments: in the two adjacent ones at the top and bottom – greenish-blue, in the rest – pinkish-grey also in the pairs. 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 in the centres of the small circles there are traces of the leg of a compass. A wide groove made with several repetitive lines follows the contour of the medallion in the bottom right quarter. Condition: thin cracks all over the medallion, damaged white chalk ground on the left. Several strengthened small losses of the white chalk ground in the medallion border on the left. Nearly complete loss of pigments in the ornaments except for the two yellow “flowers” at the bottom. Complete loss of the cloth folds crossing the medallion. Conservation: 2000, restorers O.V.Lelekova, N.G. Bregman.