The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

The Northern Altar Wall, Second from the Window

Dionisy's frescoes. The Northern Altar Wall, Second 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” of the grey background colour (the strokes vary in density); in the top “petal” there are dark black forking lines of “veins” repeated in the border of the upper half of the medallion. Between the “petals” are six large fan-shaped “leaves” with wavy edges facing the circumference; the opposite “leaves” are the same colour: the left and right are green (glauconite), the bottom left and top right are yellow (ochre), in the bottom right there are traces of grayish pink pigment; all the bases are shaded with dark strokes. 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 its circumference there are traces of the leg of a compass. Light green cloth folds are painted over the ornament. Condition: thin cracks and mechanical damage all over the medallion; complete loss of pigments in the top left and bottom right fan-shaped “flowers”; considerable loss of the background and cloth folds. Conservation: 2003, restorer I.N.Fedyshin.