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:

Comments • 5 559

  • Student Audrey Trevino

    he’s probably really good at puzzles

  • ღ DARK LØVE ღ
    ღ DARK LØVE ღ 4 hours ago


  • Tim McGee
    Tim McGee 7 hours ago

    Why would there be an UNnarrated version?

  • JM JM
    JM JM 7 hours ago

    Beautyful. You are Master. Congratulations

  • deborah presley
    deborah presley 11 hours 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 17 hours ago

    Wow.I'm in ave

  • Bakugou Katsuki
    Bakugou Katsuki 23 hours ago

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

  • Melissa W
    Melissa W 23 hours ago


  • Herculean Bleu
    Herculean Bleu Day ago

    I don’t like the painting restoration 😬

  • caitlynn andrews

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

  • smellslikepetrichor

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

  • Emma Awesomeness

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

  • Jane
    Jane Day ago

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

  • c n
    c n 2 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 2 days ago

    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 2 days ago

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

  • Abby Pater
    Abby Pater 2 days ago +1

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

  • Maya Ballard
    Maya Ballard 3 days ago

    the forbidden chips

  • Maryl bartsch
    Maryl bartsch 3 days ago

    Beat the devil out of it

  • Paradise Bungalows
    Paradise Bungalows 3 days ago

    how can 1300 people dislike this

  • Cayde-6
    Cayde-6 3 days ago

    Wow wow wow
    This is so cool!!!!

  • Winter White
    Winter White 3 days ago

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

  • danielgazda
    danielgazda 3 days ago +3

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

    NICᎾLE RUЅ 3 days ago

    6:19 wow…

  • carlotta4th
    carlotta4th 3 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 4 days ago +2

    When you break your mom's vase

  • brad wittman
    brad wittman 4 days ago +1

    Any idea how old this painting was?

  • Ishot BambisMum
    Ishot BambisMum 4 days ago

    did you try switching it off and on again?

  • danieljamesmead
    danieljamesmead 4 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 4 days ago

    how much does this cost for the client?

  • macbar
    macbar 4 days ago

    This is science

  • Dustverse
    Dustverse 4 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 4 days ago


  • Woo ly
    Woo ly 5 days ago

    There *wood* be a argument

  • I am Unicron
    I am Unicron 5 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 5 days ago

    It's science as much as art. Bravo

  • Kurt Kluring
    Kurt Kluring 5 days ago

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

  • Riley Bear
    Riley Bear 5 days ago

    How old was this painting??

  • cashmerecardigan
    cashmerecardigan 6 days ago

    How much would a restoration like this cost?

  • o fr?
    o fr? 6 days ago

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

  • Amethyst Graham
    Amethyst Graham 6 days ago

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

  • UncommonGaming
    UncommonGaming 6 days ago

    The stripes restoration is kinda shit tbh.

  • Ean  Albe
    Ean Albe 6 days ago

    I love this

  • Marissa Queen_Of_Ice
    Marissa Queen_Of_Ice 6 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 6 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 7 days ago

    Is this the original painting?

  • elizabeth_andrian johnny

    What is this job called?

  • baybeegirlz007
    baybeegirlz007 7 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 7 days ago

    What about the wood?

  • PityShitpost
    PityShitpost 7 days ago

    Random person “picture”
    God: “digital photography”

  • chaotic good
    chaotic good 7 days ago

    this video is truly...


  • Nathanimal
    Nathanimal 7 days ago


  • Nathanimal
    Nathanimal 7 days ago

    I get that this is his job....

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

  • Missymeggie
    Missymeggie 8 days ago

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

  • Xxspaceman85xX
    Xxspaceman85xX 8 days ago

    I would **** this up so bad

  • Death Atlantic
    Death Atlantic 8 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 8 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 8 days ago


  • Hoan Tran
    Hoan Tran 8 days ago

    I fell asleep last night to tjis

  • Ya Boy Redzozo
    Ya Boy Redzozo 8 days ago

    wtf why would you start a jigsaw with a middle piece

  • Bradley Seewalt-Boman

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

  • itzbrooklynhere 26
    itzbrooklynhere 26 9 days ago

    Dude your job is cool.

  • thePeziie
    thePeziie 9 days ago +2

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

  • Daniel
    Daniel 9 days ago +1

    This is very satisfying

  • Stᴉtchᴉe
    Stᴉtchᴉe 9 days ago

    some classical music while you restore art would be very satisfying

  • Amen Hush
    Amen Hush 9 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 9 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 9 days ago

    Like a doctor, but for painting ❤️

  • Rose's Wrath
    Rose's Wrath 10 days ago

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

  • LobsterProductions
    LobsterProductions 10 days ago +1

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

  • Kotoristudy
    Kotoristudy 10 days ago +2

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

  • Introverted Shit
    Introverted Shit 10 days ago

    God what a satisfying job

  • misanthropic
    misanthropic 10 days ago

    I wonder how old the icon even is o_o

  • Heather Moreton
    Heather Moreton 10 days ago +1

    This is so fascinating and I'm so jealous of your Job!

  • isabella loais
    isabella loais 10 days ago

    How long did this restoration take?

  • Katelyn Pilo
    Katelyn Pilo 11 days ago

    oh so he smart smart

  • Ann Avery
    Ann Avery 11 days ago

    How do I get an estimate of cost for restoration? Thanks

  • mcmlxxxix
    mcmlxxxix 11 days ago

    How do I tattoo this video to my forehead?

    WHAT ON EARTH! 11 days ago

    Now there WOOD mahaha Thats the first thing I said when I heard him say that

    I'm weird, sorry

  • Nikki Terhall
    Nikki Terhall 11 days ago

    Bob Ross: *yo what the fucks going on here*

  • nautifella
    nautifella 11 days ago +1

    With each of your videos I get new appreciation for the breadth of your skill set.

  • Mary Jane
    Mary Jane 11 days ago


  • vittoria malacrida
    vittoria malacrida 11 days ago

    *P E N E T R A T E*

    JONATHAN SUTCLIFFE 11 days ago


  • Jewel Tabitha15
    Jewel Tabitha15 11 days ago +1

    0:25 Before
    10:28 After

  • Kathryn T
    Kathryn T 11 days ago

    Wow...its Beautiful!!

  • Corrina
    Corrina 11 days ago

    Just found your channel and I am in awe of the incredible amount of patience and loving labor that goes into art restoration, but the fact that you look so calm and in your element while you're doing it, anyone can tell this is truly your passion and your gift. To be able to restore a piece of history so we can see it as the original artist intended is so special and I'm sure whoever the artist was must have been watching you with a smile..

  • rani 🐢
    rani 🐢 11 days ago

    I'm a bit disappointed that it was painted in lines but it's still fantastic

  • Isabella J
    Isabella J 12 days ago

    Have you ever completely ruined a painting?

  • Technically Gaming
    Technically Gaming 12 days ago

    What brand of putty do you use when filling the gaps?

  • Midgetelf0585
    Midgetelf0585 12 days ago +1

    I've never seen anything like this done. But I'm gonna go binge watch a lot of this stuff now. :)

  • brianavanvliet
    brianavanvliet 12 days ago

    Do you get a lot of people telling you how to do your job? Like they're art restoration experts...

    • brianavanvliet
      brianavanvliet 12 days ago

      +Baumgartner Restoration true. But absurd. What you do is AMAZING!!

    • Baumgartner Restoration
      Baumgartner Restoration  12 days ago +1

      This is the Internet; everyone else knows better, right...?

  • jules r
    jules r 12 days ago +1

    take a shot every time he says "penetrate"

  • the ugly duckling
    the ugly duckling 12 days ago +1

    The amount of patience required to do this is incredible. I don't even have enough patience to watch this video

  • Gabriella Grrido
    Gabriella Grrido 12 days ago +1

    I would like to see the clients reaction of how their paintings end up looking like before and after

  • Duck
    Duck 12 days ago

    This is how broken we all are like a painting

  • Anime Chan
    Anime Chan 12 days ago

    It looks like he is giving her a plastic surgery

  • Harley The Cockatiel
    Harley The Cockatiel 12 days ago

    My relative had an extremely rare japanese print tryptich that would have been valued at around 75,000£ in modern day. However, the restorer she hired when she first brought it some decades ago handled it inorrectly. Although she managed to get rid of the mould spores growing on it, it was made of extremely fine tissue-like paper, and she backed all three pieces using the incorrect type of glue which did not allow for further removal and resoration in the following years, resulting in it being worth only around 15,000£ at auction due to the wrong glue being used. If you have a piece that needs restoration, please make sure you do your own research first and ask the right questions. Even if you think the restorer has good credentials and seems professional.