The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

The Northern Altar Wall, the Second from the Window

Dionisy's frescoes. The Northern Altar Wall, the Second from the Window

In the medallion (75 cm in diameter) there is a flower-leaf ornament. The geometrical pattern of the ornament is built of a circumference of a smaller diameter with the focus in the centre of the medallion and circular arcs of the same diameter with the foci on the small circumference dividing it into four equal parts. In the centre the intersecting grey arcs form a “flower” with four “petals”, the inner parts of which have green (glauconite) “pyramids” with dark shading at the base of each step. The same though wider pyramids are in the opposite location, between the “petals” outside the small circumference. Between the “pyramids” inside the circumference there are yellow (ochre) equilateral fan-shaped “flowers” with wavy edges and dark shading at the bases by the centre of the medallion. In the outer parts of the “petals” there are small yellow “flowers” of the same shape as the “flowers” inside with edges orientated in a clockwise direction except for the top left one. Between the elements outside the small circle are areas of an unpainted white chalk ground with a stroke of cinnabar in the top left quarter. Traces of the medallion border: wide (4 cm) between two thin ones with white (the white chalk ground) in between. In the centre of the medallion and on its additional circumference there are traces of the leg of a compass. Light green cloth folds are painted over the ornament. Condition: thin cracks all over the medallion; nearly complete loss of the background and pigments of the ornament between the elements outside the small circle. Considerable loss of the cloth folds. Conservation: 2003 (?)