The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

The Northern Altar Wall, First from the Window

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

In the medallion (60 cm in diameter) there is a flower-leaf ornament against a grey 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 six equal parts The intersecting arcs form a “flower” with six narrow “petals” painted: vertical - yellow (ochre) with slight shading of the left edges, the rest are green (glauconite) with darker shading of the lower edges and long strokes in the middle. Between the “petals”, on the horizontal line there are two fan-shaped yellow “flowers” : wavy edges with “peas” of the background in the middle facing the medallion border; the bases are shaded with dark strokes. The other gaps have similar wavy edges. All the colour elements of the ornament including the wide border (2.5-3 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. Light green cloth folds are painted over the ornament. Condition: thin surface cracks and mechanical damage all over the medallion. Complete loss of the fan-shaped “flowers”, except for the side ones; considerable loss of the background and cloth folds. Conservation: 2004, restorer O.M.Revin