The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

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

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

In the medallion (61 cm in diameter) there is a flower-leaf ornament against a light 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 “petals” into which red (ochre) “leaves” with wavy edges and dark shading of the bases by four oval strokes and an arc at the bases by the medallion centre are inscribed. The concave parts of the “leaves” form a small “flower” of the background colour in the centre. Between the “petals” from the end of one to the middle of the adjacent one, arcs are drawn in an anticlockwise direction. On the sides of the arcs are pink (ochre) fan-shaped “flowers” with one long and one short sides and wavy edges, facing the medallion border, with dark shading at the bases. All the colour elements of the ornament including the wide border (2.5 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. Pink lines of the folds are painted over the ornament. Condition: thin cracks all over the medallion. Loss of the white chalk ground (1.5x1 cm) in the bottom right “petal’. Complete loss of pigments in the top left and bottom right “petals”, all inner fan-shaped “flowers” except for the bottom right, and in the outer left and bottom right. Considerable loss of the background and cloth folds. Splashes of paint. Restoration: 1959, restorers V.O.Kirikov, V.E.Briagin, I.E.Briagina.