The Restoration of Ave Maria Narrated Version

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  • 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: thexvid.com/video/rNwpINkSTVY/video.html
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  • Alina Mirgorodskayaalina

    My only question is why would you use a technique that is not appropriate for old paintings that doesn't look as part of the original painting when the whole point is to restore it to the original?

  • Spooky Stela
    Spooky Stela 15 hours ago

    I wonder how much he gets paid to restore a painting
    Especially one as damaged as this

  • Mariajo MC
    Mariajo MC 17 hours ago

    awesome

  • Hoje Eu Vou Dormir Cedo

    ASMR's for eyes...:)

  • teethcakes
    teethcakes Day ago

    how long did this take?

  • bas bas
    bas bas Day ago

    I have seen all your videos. I want more 😁

  • wkruit1
    wkruit1 Day ago

    Unbelievable! The painting is a trainwreck and you turn it around, turning it into a beautiful piece of art! Respect!

  • FlatKnat Bread
    FlatKnat Bread 2 days ago +1

    *Description of the Video*

    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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  • lovelylauriie
    lovelylauriie 2 days ago

    Oh, the gunk and grime of time.
    lol

  • sunshineisdelicious
    sunshineisdelicious 2 days ago

    Amazing! Thank you for walking viewers through each step. I know it helps me appreciate the work that goes into projects like this.

  • Shell Chronicles
    Shell Chronicles 2 days ago

    Your work is beautiful and mesmerizing to watch. I'm a huge fan. I would love to learn how to restore/conserve art.

  • Pascal Hermans
    Pascal Hermans 3 days ago

    You are a genius

  • M. Jenkins
    M. Jenkins 3 days ago

    Chief said ...this is in fact it

  • shan Sait
    shan Sait 3 days ago

    I could watch you work all day long its so fascinating...

  • bob ross
    bob ross 3 days ago +1

    DEUS VULT

  • Liliath09
    Liliath09 3 days ago

    Wowowowow, amazing! You're doing great work.

  • Denise F
    Denise F 3 days ago

    you have great patience

  • Joydeep Roy
    Joydeep Roy 3 days ago

    I need to delicately remove the dirt
    * *uses knife* *

  • Gay Panda
    Gay Panda 4 days ago

    10:04 are you adding a crack?

  • Katherine Titsworth
    Katherine Titsworth 4 days ago

    I feel great justification in using blue delicate edging tape in art school (and not using artist tape as recommended), after seeing Baumgartner Restoration use it. 🤾

  • Mike Zilla
    Mike Zilla 4 days ago +1

    I would love to see a client reaction video.

  • Sweaty Banana
    Sweaty Banana 4 days ago

    His voice is so soothing, it’s making me fall asleep

  • The Ghost King
    The Ghost King 4 days ago

    That's beautiful, I'm glad he was able to restore it as much as he did.

  • Adobe Resende
    Adobe Resende 4 days ago

    Hello, first of all, congratulations on your work. It's incredible. I would like to work with restoration too, I live in Brazil and I do not know where to start.

  • rheina deyps
    rheina deyps 5 days ago

    there is nothing complicated about this...excuse me..everything is complicated

  • Valicore
    Valicore 5 days ago

    Extraordinary

  • Student Audrey Trevino

    he’s probably really good at puzzles

  • ღ DARK LØVE ღ
    ღ DARK LØVE ღ 5 days ago

    2050?

  • Tim McGee
    Tim McGee 5 days ago

    Why would there be an UNnarrated version?

  • JM JM
    JM JM 5 days ago

    Beautyful. You are Master. Congratulations

  • deborah presley
    deborah presley 5 days ago

    Before this one, I thought of you as the "best in the world" at restoration. But now... Expand that to "Best in the universe". You are truly a master. I just cannot wrap my mind around how incredibly skilled you are at this. Mind=Blown!! Saying "good job" just doesn't qualify here. I don't even have the words. Just incredible. :-D

  • Sirweff
    Sirweff 6 days ago

    Wow.I'm in ave

  • Priscilla the CRUSADER

    "AVE MARIA" ? DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT DEUS VULT

  • Bakugou Katsuki
    Bakugou Katsuki 6 days ago

    All of the paintings: *mr stark, I don’t feel so good*

  • Melissa W
    Melissa W 6 days ago

    Amazing.

  • Herculean Bleu
    Herculean Bleu 6 days ago

    I don’t like the painting restoration 😬

  • caitlynn andrews
    caitlynn andrews 6 days ago

    This is such a modest artform. Beautiful work as always!

  • smellslikepetrichor
    smellslikepetrichor 6 days ago

    This guy could probably restore the damage humanity has done to our planet with those skills of his

  • Emma Awesomeness
    Emma Awesomeness 7 days ago

    I wouldn’t trust myself also watching this at 1am 😂😂

  • Jane
    Jane 7 days ago

    I have less than no patience
    I would die if I had to do this

  • c n
    c n 7 days ago

    Holy cow, that was a mess. I was thinking it looked hopeless, amazing how you restored it, looks awesome.

  • Sabrina Gomes
    Sabrina Gomes 7 days ago +1

    I researched this art conservation studio and what you do is just spectacular, I like History and seeing these paintings of several years being restored and preserved in the best possible way is wonderful. Keep up the great work and passion❤️

  • Greek Ball
    Greek Ball 8 days ago

    The year is 1000000000000 this is in space enjoying the dead body

  • Abby Pater
    Abby Pater 8 days ago +1

    This video kinda scared me because I have tripophobia but I still like it for some reason

  • Maya Ballard
    Maya Ballard 8 days ago

    the forbidden chips

  • Maryl bartsch
    Maryl bartsch 8 days ago

    Beat the devil out of it

  • Paradise Bungalows
    Paradise Bungalows 8 days ago

    how can 1300 people dislike this

  • Cayde-6
    Cayde-6 8 days ago

    Wow
    Wow wow wow
    This is so cool!!!!

  • Winter White
    Winter White 8 days ago

    WOW! Nicely done...what a cool vocation.

  • danielgazda
    danielgazda 8 days ago +4

    I think now it's time for you to step to another level -> Notre-Dame de Paris restoration.

  • NICᎾLE RUЅ
    NICᎾLE RUЅ 9 days ago

    6:19 wow…

  • carlotta4th
    carlotta4th 9 days ago

    The panel definitely needed stabilizing badly and I get that this video is titled "restoration" and not "conservation" ... but man, I was having conniptions with all that glue and resin going on top of the painting surface (not to mention covering the entire original guilding with brand new guilding).

  • MASKN
    MASKN 9 days ago +2

    When you break your mom's vase

  • brad wittman
    brad wittman 9 days ago +1

    Any idea how old this painting was?

  • Ishot BambisMum
    Ishot BambisMum 9 days ago

    did you try switching it off and on again?

  • danieljamesmead
    danieljamesmead 10 days ago +1

    2019. You basically have to factually justify every sentence you say on the internet to cover all the twats who will comment.

  • aron hegedus
    aron hegedus 10 days ago

    how much does this cost for the client?

  • macbar
    macbar 10 days ago

    This is science

  • Dustverse
    Dustverse 10 days ago

    You should also include the histories and backgrounds of the art piece you're working on next time! That would be really interesting! Thank you for your videos, I really appreciate them!

  • RMK
    RMK 10 days ago

    Wow!

  • Woo ly
    Woo ly 10 days ago

    There *wood* be a argument

  • I am Unicron
    I am Unicron 10 days ago +1

    *See's the name Maria.*
    _Beata Maria_
    _You know I am a righteous man_
    _Of my virtue I am justly proud._

  • anna zaman
    anna zaman 11 days ago

    It's science as much as art. Bravo

  • 5dope
    5dope 11 days ago

    Interesting I've always wanted to know how this is done. Thx

  • Riley Bear
    Riley Bear 11 days ago

    How old was this painting??

  • cashmerecardigan
    cashmerecardigan 11 days ago

    How much would a restoration like this cost?

  • o fr?
    o fr? 11 days ago

    yall... see that ghost at 2:07 ?

  • Amethyst Graham
    Amethyst Graham 11 days ago

    Oh wow that's amazing 😍 you did such a good job on it

  • UncommonGaming
    UncommonGaming 11 days ago

    The stripes restoration is kinda shit tbh.

  • Ean  Albe
    Ean Albe 11 days ago

    I love this

  • Marissa Queen_Of_Ice
    Marissa Queen_Of_Ice 11 days ago +1

    This is so satisfying to me- Beautiful work ^^

  • That galaxy goddess 🔮

    You people know nothing about retouching he knows more

  • Vincornelis
    Vincornelis 12 days ago

    Me: Be honest who amongst us would have thrown this thing in the skip figuring it was way beyond repair?
    Everyone: raises hand.
    Julian: punches you in the face for even considering it.

  • Dark Eyes Music
    Dark Eyes Music 12 days ago

    Is this the original painting?

  • elizabeth_andrian johnny

    What is this job called?

  • baybeegirlz007
    baybeegirlz007 12 days ago

    Brilliant! Excellent work! You are a truly gifted artist. You hypnotized me with your work! Remarkable results! 👍🏻❤️😊

  • Bronze Life Gold destiny

    What does it takes to work with that?

  • Gray_jetdonkey
    Gray_jetdonkey 12 days ago

    What about the wood?

  • PityShitpost
    PityShitpost 12 days ago +1

    Random person “picture”
    God: “digital photography”

  • chaotic good
    chaotic good 12 days ago

    this video is truly...

    iconic

  • Nathanimal
    Nathanimal 13 days ago

    0:15 NOW THATS A LOT OF DAMAGE

  • Nathanimal
    Nathanimal 13 days ago

    I get that this is his job....

    but fuck, this is what we call a bad day at work...

  • Missymeggie
    Missymeggie 13 days ago

    I would love if you shared the date of these paintings if you know!

  • Xxspaceman85xX
    Xxspaceman85xX 13 days ago

    I would **** this up so bad

  • Death Atlantic
    Death Atlantic 13 days ago

    where do you go to learn something like this? There's so much you have to know to be able to do something like this.

  • Meme dealer dad
    Meme dealer dad 13 days ago

    Me: sitting on my bed eating a bagel in a cat onsie at 3pm
    "Yeah linseed oil is a BITCH"

  • Pamanda Bear
    Pamanda Bear 13 days ago

    4:45 *TAPS AGGRESSIVELY*

  • Hoan Tran
    Hoan Tran 13 days ago

    I fell asleep last night to tjis

  • Ya Boy Redzozo
    Ya Boy Redzozo 14 days ago

    wtf why would you start a jigsaw with a middle piece

  • Bradley Seewalt-Boman
    Bradley Seewalt-Boman 14 days ago

    You are brilliant! I’m so happy I came across your channel. I love what you do.

  • itzbrooklynhere 26
    itzbrooklynhere 26 14 days ago

    Dude your job is cool.

  • thePeziie
    thePeziie 14 days ago +2

    This is so soothing to watch. The restoration process together with your voice are completely soothing. Great job!

  • Daniel
    Daniel 14 days ago +1

    This is very satisfying

  • Stᴉtchᴉe
    Stᴉtchᴉe 15 days ago

    some classical music while you restore art would be very satisfying

  • Amen Hush
    Amen Hush 15 days ago

    Hmm.. Sad that he did not tell the names of any products he used.. For eg. What did he mix with gesso

  • YI
    YI 15 days ago

    I was kind of shocked when I first heard about 'treta Geo' technique you used for this painting and a litthle embarassed. I know there is no such retoration technique in korea. 'We' just try to revive its previous form. that's it.

  • Flo
    Flo 15 days ago

    Like a doctor, but for painting ❤️

  • Rose's Wrath
    Rose's Wrath 15 days ago

    This video proves that I will watch anything and everything when I'm bored.

  • LobsterProductions
    LobsterProductions 15 days ago +1

    6:20 my heart would probably stop if this were me

  • Kotoristudy
    Kotoristudy 15 days ago +2

    Im wondering, how does one learn this? I imagine you cant really practice.