The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

Central Altar Apse, Medallion under the Window

Dionisy's frescoes. Central Altar Apse, Medallion under 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 circular arcs of the medallion diameter with the foci on its circumference dividing it into four equal parts and a circumference of half the medallion diameter. The intersecting arcs form a “flower” with four broad “petals” which are halved by the small circumference. In the inner parts are fan-shaped “leaves” with wavy edges with semicircles in the middle facing the medallion circumference. The opposite “leaves” are the same colour: the top left and bottom right are yellow (ochre), the rest are green (glauconite); the base shading is dark. The space between the “leaves” is filled with the background. In the outer parts of the “petals” are wide “pyramids” with alternate to the “leaves” colour and base shading of each “step”. In between are trapezoid elements of pinkish-grey tone with embedded “peas” of the background in the middle of the sides facing the small circle. All the colour elements of the ornament including the wide border (2.8-3 cm) between the two thin ones have a white outline (white chalk ground). In the centre of the medallion (several) and on its circumference there are traces of the leg of a compass. Light green cloth folds are painted over the ornament. Condition: a strengthened wide (up to 4.5 cm) diagonal crack crosses the medallion. Thin cracks and locally strengthened losses are all over the medallion. Complete loss of pigments in the trapezoid elements, considerable loss of the background and cloth folds. Conservation: 2004, restorer O.M.Revin.