The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

Outside Fresco of the Western Portal to the North of the Doors

Dionisy's frescoes. Outside Fresco of the Western Portal to the North of the Doors

In the medallion (61 cm in diameter) there is a flower-leaf ornament against a grey-black background. The geometrical pattern of the ornament is built of four circumferences of half the medallion diameter symmetrically positioned around its centre on perpendicular axes. In the centre the intersecting circumferences form a “flower” with four “petals” each of which contains a yellow (ochre) “leaf” with a wavy edge orientated in a clockwise direction.; the base shading is brown (by the medallion centre). In the centre of the “flower” the background shows through and forms four small “petals”. The contours of the elements inside the circles are wavy with “peas” of the background facing the centre of the medallion. Outside the circles are yellow (ochre) spreading “leaves” with wavy edges (facing the medallion border) with “peas” of the background in the middle, the outlines of the base are brown with an oval stroke in the middle. 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 the centres of the circles there are traces of the leg of a compass. Light yellow lines of folds cross the sides of the medallion. Condition: thin cracks all over the medallion; strengthened loss of the white chalk ground (2.5x2.5 cm) in the centre of the medallion. Complete loss of pigments in the “flowers” in the four circumferences, considerable loss of the background and cloth folds. Restoration: 1959, restorers V.O.Kirikov, V.E. Briagin, I.E.Briagina