The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

The Southern Altar Apse Wall, Second from the Window

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

In the medallion (60 cm in diameter) there is a flower-leaf ornament against a grey-black background. The geometrical pattern of the ornament is built of three circumferences of half the medallion diameter, positioned one after another on the same vertical line; the focus of the middle one coincides with the centre of the medallion, whereas the foci of the other two are in the middle of the radii. Two arcs are drawn from two side points of the medallion circumference to the points of the intersection of the small circumferences. In the upper segments of the upper and lower small circumferences there are green (glauconite) spreading “flowers” with wavy edges; in the bottom one with a semicircle in the middle of the wavy edge. The bases are shaded with dark strokes: in the top one they are forked with an oval stroke in the middle; in the bottom one – from the horizontal base. In the lower sectors of both circumferences there are wavy edges of the background with traces of pink and grey. In the side segments of the central circumference are small yellow (ochre) three-petal “flowers” with semicircles between the two vertical “petals”. On the sides of the central small circle, between the arcs are “pyramids”: on the right it is light green (glauconite) with dark shading in the bases of two “steps” and at the top; on the left – pinkish-grey traces. Between the circumferences and arcs there are fan-shaped yellow (ochre) “flowers” with dark shading at the bases by the centre of the medallion. 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 the circumferences there are traces of the leg of a compass. Light green cloth folds are painted over the ornament. Condition: thin cracks, partially strengthened, and mechanical damage all over the medallion. Strengthened loss of the white chalk ground (1x5.5 cm) in the upper part of the medallion border. Complete loss of pigments in the lower parts of the small circumferences and in the left “pyramid”. Partial loss of the background and cloth folds. Conservation: 2003, restorer O.M.Revin