The Restoration of Ave Maria Narrated Version

  • Published on Jan 7, 2019
  • Follow along as Julian Baumgartner of Baumgartner Fine Art Restoration in Chicago works to conserve and restore this icon of Ave Maria. This piece was likely created in a workshop that specialized in religious icons for churches and was the product of several craftspeople and artists with no one claiming ownership or signing the work. These icons appeared commonly throughout Europe and were often lost during war or the closure or relocation of a church.
    This piece came in with very little provenance other than that the original owner was an antiques dealer who traveled extensively throughout Europe in the 50's and 60's collecting pieces for sale back in the USA. This was one that the dealer held on to.
    Covered in years of grime and linseed oil with extensive losses and instability this icon was at high risk for further losses if not complete destruction. The process of conserving and restoring the piece was delicate and tedious but the end result reveals how it might have looked to parishioners when it was first revealed.
    This version of the video includes a narrated walk-through of the work being performed. There is an ambient sounds-only version here:

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  • Lex Winters
    Lex Winters Hour ago

    I love the whole piece. It's super gorg, as is your restoration, as always!

  • lester andes
    lester andes 5 hours ago

    Thank you for restoring the painting of our Mother Mary... ✝️

  • Tori Henry
    Tori Henry 7 hours ago

    This may be prying but how much does something like this cost? Im just genuinely curious because you are doing a lot of meticulous work.

  • Lily
    Lily 22 hours ago +2

    this video is actually my favorite one on his channel. i love how satisfying it is to watch him remove the old varnish and inject the resin into the gaps. so satisfying.

  • space cowboy
    space cowboy Day ago

    No one:
    Baumgartner: *_injects wood with syringe_*

  • Glass Head
    Glass Head Day ago

    From old and cracked to lookin' like a snack.

  • julie taw
    julie taw 2 days ago

    do you only do restoration on paintings, or do you also do conservation of other artefacts

  • julie taw
    julie taw 2 days ago

    wont you replace or restore the deteriorated wooden mount? or will you leave it on?

  • moda78z
    moda78z 2 days ago +1

    This was so satisfying to watch. I wish it was longer.

  • Caitlin Martin
    Caitlin Martin 2 days ago


  • XscapeTheThriller
    XscapeTheThriller 3 days ago

    I just might contact this guy and ask him to restore my life

  • Rocio Garcia
    Rocio Garcia 4 days ago

    Muy interesante Me gusta el video,
    Gracias por subirlo.

  • idk
    idk 4 days ago +1

    I saw that painting and said DAAAMNNN that bitch beat up!!!! Whatyou gonna do dad!?!?!?!?

  • Fabian Adams
    Fabian Adams 5 days ago

    Am I the only one who hates the technique he was using? It's completely visible and different from the rest of the picture like...... why? Isn't it supposed to be non visible to the eye

    • Kaneda
      Kaneda 3 days ago +1

      You're probably not the only one that hates it. Regarding the "isn't it supposed to be non visible to the eye" comment, he went through and explained why he was using this technique, and probably the client asked for it as well.

  • Vamlack
    Vamlack 6 days ago

    Man this painting is gorgeous. It's a shame it had to be that damaged before being restored.

  • Terrowin Cheeseman
    Terrowin Cheeseman 7 days ago

    how the hell did linseed oil get on there???

  • saf Failey
    saf Failey 8 days ago

    i almost passed out from the wood damage

  • Aquilla Winborne
    Aquilla Winborne 9 days ago


  • n w
    n w 9 days ago

    if you freeze the image at exactly 0:26 and open the same vid in another window and freeze it at 10:30 you can see some bizarre problems, for one the hands were far more delicate and realistic before, he made them look pasty and disturbingly shortened her middle finger and making her index finger appear unnaturally long, when common anatomical sense and even the original itself indicates what it should look like. the ringfinger is left looking like a limp puffy sausage. he has also just wiped out the last hill in the distance making the remaining one a big flat blue mass when the original clearly indicates another divided hill. even her eyeshape has changed and the subtle highlight under her eyebrow removed. i do not quite understand why this guy did not refer back to photographic reference of the original to maintain the true subtleties of the painting? it is really frustrating that there are not long enough stable shots of the image and too much fancy swooping angled shots so that it becomes very hard for the viewer to properly examine the work, and also compare before and after. amazing patience and knowledge of materials though, perhaps in time he will gain more artistic sensibility too.

  • Negro Deus
    Negro Deus 11 days ago

    Maravilloso trabajo, este contenido es el que deberíamos de aprovechar de TheXvid. thanks master.

  • Rdof yazn
    Rdof yazn 12 days ago

    Wtf is solvent activated solvent lmao

  • Maddy Sardina
    Maddy Sardina 12 days ago

    This was beyond relaxing and educational! I loved every moment of this video!!! 💕

  • Robert Geiger
    Robert Geiger 12 days ago


  • Ale Martinez
    Ale Martinez 12 days ago

    Wow 😮. Amazing work.

  • Jett the Musical Gay
    Jett the Musical Gay 13 days ago +1

    Did you try putting it in rice?

  • Ann Hill
    Ann Hill 13 days ago

    Are these people not understanding your intelligence.??????????????

  • Ann Hill
    Ann Hill 13 days ago

    Your a MASTER

  • Aser Rodriguez
    Aser Rodriguez 13 days ago


    • Kaneda
      Kaneda 3 days ago

      You're really passionate about this, having made three separate comments that have a lot of CAPS LOCK. May I see some of your restoration work? I am curious.

  • Aser Rodriguez
    Aser Rodriguez 13 days ago

    AND NO YOUR NOT SUPPOSED TO USE YOUR HANDS NO MATTER WHAT! You think anybody cares wether or not you can "FEEL" where it needs attention? No! It can be done just as good WITH gloves. There's a bunch of reasons why you shouldn't use your hands

  • Aser Rodriguez
    Aser Rodriguez 13 days ago

    This guy is WAY TOO AGGRESSIVE with the scalpel he literally scraped of original paint from her chin! I wonder how much more damage he did that we didn't see....😔

  • ben Sira
    ben Sira 13 days ago

    Absolutely astonishing! Keep up the great work!

  • Louis C. Gasper
    Louis C. Gasper 13 days ago

    My guess is that fifty years ago you would not have had the modern resins that appear to be crucial to getting the results you are able to reach today. Thanks to modern chemistry, we now have the means to conserve what has been handed down to us, if only we have the will and good sense to do so.

  • Traveler's Garden - Der Garten der Reisenden

    I just found your channel today & totally love it. Binge watched many of your restorations. Love how you repair with such detail & care & how you explain what you do & why. I don't know why, but it's so satisfying to see how the painting becomes "healthy" again.
    Hope you will continue to post more of your beautiful work.

  • Meisterlan Ralte
    Meisterlan Ralte 13 days ago +1

    Anyone else came from ig

  • caroline rodriguez
    caroline rodriguez 14 days ago

    Saw this on it had to see the rest

  • sufinah ehsan
    sufinah ehsan 14 days ago +1

    should’ve used ramen

  • Eric Howie
    Eric Howie 14 days ago

    Dude bravo

  • Y. K.
    Y. K. 14 days ago

    Ok TheXvid, I watched this. You won😒

  • the one and only kaka 22

    He messed up the hand :/

  • Ramona Smith
    Ramona Smith 16 days ago

    Amazing I

  • Laura Crawford
    Laura Crawford 16 days ago

    damn i really wanna know when the painting was painted

  • Yeet 25
    Yeet 25 17 days ago

    I love your videos

  • andy c
    andy c 17 days ago

    HahahahHAHAH...I know he can fix it and return it to a masterpeice, but when he picked up large peices of paint, you can tell this is gonna be really difficult to pull off ...bravo!!

  • Medhin Solomon
    Medhin Solomon 17 days ago +1

    Thanks all what i can say let her bless your hand

  • Cinder Woods
    Cinder Woods 19 days ago

    Bitch that aint a painting thats BARK

    • Kaneda
      Kaneda 3 days ago

      @Cinder Woods ???

    • Cinder Woods
      Cinder Woods 19 days ago


    • Cinder Woods
      Cinder Woods 19 days ago

      Jerky looking shit. Munch munch. How the HELL can you save that

  • History Chick
    History Chick 19 days ago

    The moment when you see the true colours of the painting, Wow, just wow! New subscriber , now gonna binge watch your other videos. You are insanely talented my friend

  • AJ
    AJ 19 days ago +1

    Ive been watching these for a few hours now....

  • Random Person
    Random Person 19 days ago

    your voice is actually very calming and also the asmr vids like overall your videos are very therapeutic 😌😌🙏

  • Romy Hernandez
    Romy Hernandez 20 days ago

    Fabulous Job !

  • Crystal Navarrete
    Crystal Navarrete 20 days ago

    These are amazing and beautiful videos. I love being able to see behind the scenes of what it really takes to keep these gems alive.

  • Donna Di Meo
    Donna Di Meo 20 days ago

    Your work is a Amazing! Thank You for sharing it with us!

  • blorbies
    blorbies 21 day ago

    Lov this

  • Matt Johnson
    Matt Johnson 21 day ago

    Its always so amazing to watch you work its mind blowing

  • NateIsLive
    NateIsLive 21 day ago

    2:05 an orb floats away from the painting 👻👻👻

  • Chicken Draws Dogs
    Chicken Draws Dogs 24 days ago

    That's one heck of a jigsaw puzzle game.

  • ryan barker
    ryan barker 24 days ago

    i like how it was purposefully painted so you could see what's original and what's been restored. i wouldn't want to have to explain that to everyone who gets up close and thinks it's just a poor paint job, but i appreciate the thinking behind it. awesome and entertaining video.

  • John Coyne
    John Coyne 24 days ago

    they need you to fix Ecce Homo!

  • Allysyn Overton
    Allysyn Overton 26 days ago

    Conservation is spelled ending "vation"

  • Really Though
    Really Though 26 days ago

    Could you imagine giving him that piece to restore and him handing it back looking perfect?! I never would have fathomed that panting could be restored that well. Amazing, sir!

  • akeshia williams
    akeshia williams 26 days ago

    I always wonder how and where did he learn how to do all of this

  • Suenami
    Suenami 26 days ago

    You are absolutely amazing 😍

  • Anushka Nikhil
    Anushka Nikhil 27 days ago

    he's solving a puzzle using paint pieces I love this sm

  • Tesseract 14
    Tesseract 14 Month ago

    I have to be quite honest I am not a huge fan of the method he used for painting

  • Nancy Sanchez
    Nancy Sanchez Month ago

    In spanish pleaseee

  • octagon_eight
    octagon_eight Month ago

    Every time I watch one of these restoration videos and some battered old wreck of an art piece gets wheeled in and I think "no, there's no hope for this one, absolutely no chance of making this look right again, no way at all." Then at the end I just sit there, mind blown at the amazing intricacy of what I've just watched and marvel at how amazing the restored piece looks. It never gets old.

  • Erin
    Erin Month ago +4

    You had the perfect opportunity to put a happy little tree in there. My disappointment is immeasurable.

  • Beah Recupero
    Beah Recupero Month ago +1

    Last night i was watching titanic documentaries. today , i am watching this. I'M FUCKING UNEMPLOYED !!!!

  • HealthyWaves
    HealthyWaves Month ago +1


  • Annmarie Gillaspie
    Annmarie Gillaspie Month ago

    Wow came out beautiful

  • Liam Magee
    Liam Magee Month ago


  • Row Deo
    Row Deo Month ago

    OMgosh! How terrifying the removal of grit grime dirt from the viewer's perspective. It drives home how you must communicate with the client to make sure all is understood as to the outcome. Also it is beautiful! I love watching these restorations. Thank you for the education!

  • Cody Dishner
    Cody Dishner Month ago +1

    Whats the watch you are wearing at the end?

  • 曇天に笑う
    曇天に笑う Month ago +1

    you know... whoever marries him, or is married to him, will be a lucky ass person

  • clash of fight
    clash of fight Month ago

    OMG so difficult

  • brangko
    brangko Month ago +1

    Just throw that damn thing entirely 🤣