The Restoration of Ave Maria Narrated Version

  • Am 7 Jan 2019 veröffentlicht
  • 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:


  • Beah Recupero
    Beah Recupero Vor Tag +1

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

  • HealthyWaves
    HealthyWaves Vor Tag +1


  • Annmarie Gillaspie

    Wow came out beautiful

  • Liam Magee
    Liam Magee Vor Tag


  • Row Deo
    Row Deo Vor Tag

    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 Vor 2 Tage +1

    Whats the watch you are wearing at the end?

  • 曇天に笑う
    曇天に笑う Vor 2 Tage +1

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

  • The khk
    The khk Vor 2 Tage

    OMG so difficult

  • brangko
    brangko Vor 3 Tage +1

    Just throw that damn thing entirely 🤣

  • John Martinez
    John Martinez Vor 3 Tage

    Great job it looks fantastic 👍👍

  • Carolina Hernandez
    Carolina Hernandez Vor 3 Tage +1

    Your AMAZING!! When you did the cleaning process and took off that layer of filth blew my mind!

  • Elle ventrulli
    Elle ventrulli Vor 3 Tage +1


  • wind
    wind Vor 4 Tage +1

    How much time that took?

  • Melissa Pena
    Melissa Pena Vor 4 Tage +1

    Y’all ever found certain kind of videos very satisfying? Like pimple popping or asmr etc,? Well this is my pimple popping video lol so when I saw how damaged this was I was like “yass!! Let me get comfortable “

  • Kelly Williamson
    Kelly Williamson Vor 4 Tage

    Amazingly Done !!!

  • 7A
    7A Vor 4 Tage +1

    most excellent work. thank you.
    ignore the dime store "jokes" with the attendant "lol"s from the peanut (brain) gallery.

  • Mythdefied L
    Mythdefied L Vor 5 Tage

    My soul hurts when I see damage like this. Wood borers 😭.

  • imaloony8
    imaloony8 Vor 5 Tage

    Mother of fuck is that painting dirty.

  • Alberto Martinez
    Alberto Martinez Vor 5 Tage

    Julian: How much time did it take you to become a restorer? It is an amazing job...

  • Jordan Wise
    Jordan Wise Vor 5 Tage

    How old is the original painting?

  • MrKrenath
    MrKrenath Vor 6 Tage

    You are so inspiring and a master of your craft. Just magical!

  • Apollo Child
    Apollo Child Vor 7 Tage

    Someone posted this on ifunny, apparently I have a new fascination...... this stuff is so freaking awesome to watch.

  • Сова Томпсон

    I live in the country where all aspects of life were fucked up by 90s bandits government, from science to religion, and from the society behavior to the arts. I started with the arts cause our painters restore every figure in a worse ways than this video. God I hate Russia.

  • W A L X
    W A L X Vor 7 Tage

    You should of left ave Maria playing through the entire vid

  • vpasify
    vpasify Vor 7 Tage

    What a beautiful work!

  • Kween Ayen
    Kween Ayen Vor 8 Tage +1

    4:59 he's so good he can start from the middle

  • aniela
    aniela Vor 9 Tage +1


  • Regina Dunn
    Regina Dunn Vor 9 Tage

    Beautiful restoration and I love the narrative! You do such a wonderful job. Just one question, I’m curious as to the reason why you chose to retouch it in a way that makes it clear what parts have been retouched instead of imitating the style of the rest of painting to make it look as close as possible to the artists original work?

  • Amber Evers
    Amber Evers Vor 9 Tage

    Wow, I don't think I've ever watched a video with more interest ❤️

  • Marcello Bomfim
    Marcello Bomfim Vor 9 Tage

    Wow! What a fantastic e well done video and restoration. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • anime chan
    anime chan Vor 10 Tage

    I thought the original colour is brown...

  • Count Cassafrass
    Count Cassafrass Vor 11 Tage

    i love how hes so subtly passive aggressive about the fact that people still try and come for him when hes literally done this for forever

  • Jisung Jelly
    Jisung Jelly Vor 11 Tage

    This man is the ultimate puzzle master.

  • Swizylstik
    Swizylstik Vor 11 Tage +1

    I cannot stop watching this one. I have watched it at least a dozen times. This is the most amazing restoration I can imagine seeing, seconded only by the Assassination of Archimedes. You are a true master!

  • McNooby 142
    McNooby 142 Vor 11 Tage

    Christian over 9 thousand

  • Sax
    Sax Vor 12 Tage +1

    How professional plays Jigsaws 101.

  • Lori Greene
    Lori Greene Vor 12 Tage

    That was the single most satisfying cleaning I have seen. Brava!

  • Katherine Bonkowski
    Katherine Bonkowski Vor 13 Tage

    That is nice work.

  • Jonathon Saygidia
    Jonathon Saygidia Vor 13 Tage

    Did no one see that floating orb like thing fly out of the painting at 2:03 ?!?!

  • CrystalB
    CrystalB Vor 13 Tage

    I hope you listened to Ave Maria while restoring this.

  • denis pilon
    denis pilon Vor 13 Tage

    Christopher Moltisanti ?!

  • Dewi Anjani
    Dewi Anjani Vor 14 Tage

    The sarcasm: i was impressed by the damage ....

  • dan C
    dan C Vor 14 Tage

    sees state of the paint


  • hayirlsbakalm h
    hayirlsbakalm h Vor 14 Tage

    Bunu yapan dokumacı kör oldu 😂

  • hayirlsbakalm h
    hayirlsbakalm h Vor 14 Tage

    6:24 i thought it was just paint, not shit 🤢

  • LadyAdalicia
    LadyAdalicia Vor 15 Tage +1

    Best part of the restoration is removing the old layer of varnish
    It’s so beautiful to see true colours of the work 😍

  • Juan Fernando Cardona
    Juan Fernando Cardona Vor 15 Tage

    Felicitaciones es un buen trabajo

  • William Jeffrey
    William Jeffrey Vor 17 Tage

    Beautiful restoration on this piece

  • fran mellor
    fran mellor Vor 17 Tage

    Omgoodness were does anybody begin .....

  • jbizzle1966
    jbizzle1966 Vor 17 Tage


  • Tesseract 14
    Tesseract 14 Vor 17 Tage

    It's crazy how most people would consider this a lost cause, even myself who is very much an antiques man, I love collecting antiques, I even have a friend who is trying to get into restoration of antiques and of course this is an art piece so I suppose that is thought of differently but soemthing like this I would never personally buy due to the belief that it would probably cost more ti restore than it would be worth, though it is a painting and I suppose that means it needs to be thought of differently

  • Margarida Bento
    Margarida Bento Vor 17 Tage

    Honestly I'm torn between 'yes that's a sensitive and respectful way to honour the artist's work instead of making your own pass as theirs' and 'homeboy probably can't paint for shit'

  • Im An Asshole
    Im An Asshole Vor 18 Tage

    This is weird but do you ever say hello to a painting you’re working on conserving when you come in in the morning?

  • scooptime
    scooptime Vor 18 Tage

    the best restorations to watch are the more difficult ones

  • Epetra
    Epetra Vor 18 Tage

    That linseed oil looked gnarly when you removed it.

  • CeCe Jackson
    CeCe Jackson Vor 18 Tage

    Could you please so a video about how you got into this profession and the basic steps to achieve that? Im so curious!

  • CeCe Jackson
    CeCe Jackson Vor 18 Tage

    Art surgery!

  • August J
    August J Vor 19 Tage

    How do you know the original color the painting such as her lips? Maybe the painter purposely paint it very lightly

  • August J
    August J Vor 19 Tage

    This man treats an object extremely gently more than my future boyfriend ever will to me. Oh yeah I forgot I’m not a valuable piece 😂😂

  • Garet Konigsfeld
    Garet Konigsfeld Vor 19 Tage +1

    Watching you is ART within the art absolutely amazing. I love your videos and amazing skills. Thank you for sharing what you do.

  • Dogsoldier 1950
    Dogsoldier 1950 Vor 19 Tage +1

    Utterly amazing work. Bravo zulu

  • trinityj1
    trinityj1 Vor 20 Tage +2

    I watch this (and my fav the Assassination of Archimedes restoration) over and over. It's incredibly moving to see something that looks hopelessly broken treated with such care and its enduring beauty revealed. There's a compassion in preserving art.

  • Ready ForRage
    Ready ForRage Vor 21 Tag

    Better than ASMR

  • justin h
    justin h Vor 22 Tage

    Im not a fan of the striped painting method thingy (im regarding the technique, not your work), but thats just my opinion. You did an amazing job though!

  • tucci06
    tucci06 Vor 22 Tage

    Incredible work. You sound like Jeff Goldblum on helium, which is also incredible.

  • Syed Shah
    Syed Shah Vor 22 Tage

    YOU : all this restoration hard work
    ME : just give it a wipe with cotton

  • Lucy Cheng
    Lucy Cheng Vor 23 Tage

    but did you try ramen noodles first

  • aPpl pie
    aPpl pie Vor 23 Tage +1

    The back of that wooden frame activated my trypophobia

  • Jake Pierson
    Jake Pierson Vor 23 Tage

    how would you got treating a fire-damaged wood block printing of an eastern phoebe that the gesso- and-paper paint layer is going under acidification.

  • InspiredBy Gilly
    InspiredBy Gilly Vor 24 Tage

    I just find it so sad that art works can become so damaged. I know there's genuine reasons sometimes, but it still makes me sad.

  • Yeşil Göz
    Yeşil Göz Vor 24 Tage

    Türkiye de 180 TL hastaneye muayene ücreti verdim benimle bu kadar ilgilenmediler.

  • Andy Bushnell
    Andy Bushnell Vor 26 Tage

    im impressed

  • tony flamingo
    tony flamingo Vor 26 Tage

    Who was the origional artist?

  • Cristina Sandra
    Cristina Sandra Vor 26 Tage

    Continue com esse dom que deus te deu parabens.

  • Nicosixth Robin
    Nicosixth Robin Vor 26 Tage

    Waoh! What an improvement! I did not expect it to become that much lighter/more colorful. I'm so glad someone treasures this painting enough to have it restored.

  • Beatrice
    Beatrice Vor 27 Tage

    I made an ignorant and rude comment on your off-narration version of this video. I can't find it to remove it, but I am very sorry. I didn't realize that the impressionist-like style was intended.

  • Geolgirl
    Geolgirl Vor 27 Tage +1

    Wow you sir are a genius!

  • leah rose
    leah rose Vor 28 Tage +1

    is this the most damaged piece you've ever restored?

  • Diane Greene
    Diane Greene Vor 29 Tage

    What if the painting is damaged if the owner decides to have the case and door restored? Did you make any modification to remove the painting for safety?

  • Karen Bowler
    Karen Bowler Vor 29 Tage

    The idea that you must use a glove after years of filth and rot has been addressed with chemicals is a little comical.

  • frank reidy
    frank reidy Vor Monat

    I am surprised he has not got a TV show - BBC give the guy a ring

  • Thomas Africa
    Thomas Africa Vor Monat

    'Acid Free Foam Core' sounds like a DEA mission

  • w c
    w c Vor Monat

    I wonder what this cost the client?

  • JuSo Art
    JuSo Art Vor Monat +5

    Guess who just bought a dirty oil painting at the flea market, because I've watched way to many of these restoration videos😅

  • I amcarbonandotherbits.

    Wow! Just Wow.

  • Cindy 2206
    Cindy 2206 Vor Monat

    I love how you give multiple versions of the same video, like narrated and asmr. I love watching your work so sometimes I'm curious on what your doing, other times I just want to watch the painting 'fix itself '. Thank You!!!

  • KeYang
    KeYang Vor Monat

    I wonder the range of fees for your services repairing this paintings?

  • Debora Rocha
    Debora Rocha Vor Monat


  • Gacha Waffle
    Gacha Waffle Vor Monat +7

    I thought that it was just brownish colored before he started cleaning

  • Soumali Debnath
    Soumali Debnath Vor Monat

    Hello Mr. Baumgartner. I, am a student of fine arts and have a keen interest to spend my entire life while restoring valuable artefacts around us. Currently, I am doing my bachelor with the specialization in History of art and simultaneously I am doing my interns in conservation from one of the organization in India. I am interested to work with you so would like to know how I can get in touch with you as well as I wanted to know if I need to do the specialization in painting. Your valuable response will be a great help. Thanks

  • Thaís Abreu
    Thaís Abreu Vor Monat

    I imagine the client reaction like OMG HOW THE FUCK DID YOU DO THIS

  • shesmine19
    shesmine19 Vor Monat

    How much do you charge people for this work?

  • Meandrous Phoenix
    Meandrous Phoenix Vor Monat

    Don't explain things because you think some uneducated bitches and fools will attack you in the comments. Explain things for the sake of explaining the process and why you need to do it in order to preserve the work

    • Lucy LTG
      Lucy LTG Vor 10 Tage

      The fuck is you sayin'? He explained everything he did in this video. Every single bit, he said it. Plus, if shitheads are going to attack him, they're embarrassing themselves and pisses many people who are actually EDUCATED with art. If they're going to complain without even knowing WHY he did it despite him saying it all, then why would he want them to stay to keep in bitching?

  • ur mother says hi
    ur mother says hi Vor Monat

    You need so much patience for this.

  • Siya Paliwal
    Siya Paliwal Vor Monat

    "tinted shellac"
    why the fuck are you using beetle poop xD

  • mefaaj
    mefaaj Vor Monat

    try it with ramen and cookies

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  • spirit yeeted away
    spirit yeeted away Vor Monat

    Where do you buy your restoration materials?

  • No one one
    No one one Vor Monat

    *is it just me or when i'm watching his videos its really satisfying?*

  • barca10108
    barca10108 Vor Monat +1

    I love all the work you put in it. you did a great job, but I must say I’m not a big fan of the vertical line brush work.