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 • 4 925

  • Todo McGillicutty
    Todo McGillicutty 2 hours ago

    This is amazing

  • Scorpio Gacha
    Scorpio Gacha 4 hours ago

    *restoration 100*

  • Ian O'Neill
    Ian O'Neill 4 hours ago

    wow...loved this video. Informative, well narrated, and perfectly shot. Thanks!

  • Cristina DeCisneros
    Cristina DeCisneros 5 hours ago

    take a shot every time he says "penetrate".

  • William Barber III
    William Barber III 6 hours ago

    What does a restoration, such as the one in this video, cost? Curious. This is the second restoration video I've watched & it's amazing what can be done.

  • DARA
    DARA 6 hours ago

    I just watched the ASMRish version of this video and I really need to sleep but this is so interesting. Throughout the whole video I was wondering what exactly you are doing. I was happy to find out that you have a narrated version!

  • SUICIDE _234
    SUICIDE _234 7 hours ago

    But did he beat the devil out of it?

  • Tijana Djokic
    Tijana Djokic 13 hours ago

    Can someone, please, explain to me why do art pictures get that dirt on them? And isn't restoration destroying art? I once watched some documentary on Mona Lisa and it was said that Mona Lisa's eyebrows gradually disappeared over time because of restoration.

  • Raghuram Penumarthy
    Raghuram Penumarthy 17 hours ago

    I admired everything. You are great but I think that trying to restore it original condition by imitating the original painter would have been like paying your respects to the original painter rather than you creating your own mark which seems egotistical.

  • lucas barandiaran

    how did u know what it was meant to look like when u repainted

  • lestudio76
    lestudio76 Day ago


  • Настя Силаева

    still unsure why you did the stripe method when it doesn't match the original technique

    • Настя Силаева
      Настя Силаева 19 hours ago

      Lucy The Great i did watch it but it still stands out from far
      I'm talking from an artistic point. I'm sure his client asked for it/was ok with it

    • Lucy The Great
      Lucy The Great 19 hours ago

      For fuck's sake, did you even watch the video? He said it was suppose to camouflauge the damaged area. If you look at it from afar, it looks absolutely normal.

    • Jacobinite
      Jacobinite Day ago

      yeah her hands and that section of the painting just looks really amateurish.

  • Gaming with Odrika and orpita

    Who much does it weight

  • AgaTheGreat
    AgaTheGreat Day ago

    Wait, why am I watching this? ;p It was very compelling. Great job.

  • Linda Kitching
    Linda Kitching Day ago

    that is fantastic xx

  • Reema Rj
    Reema Rj Day ago

    you talking to much

  • littlestbroccoli
    littlestbroccoli 2 days ago

    Where did you train to learn this? It's amazing watching through. I'm also curious what could be added to acrylic gesso to make it penetrate into the wood better?

  • Era Rexon
    Era Rexon 2 days ago

    Wao you did it's complete makeover.

  • ecgrahamcracker
    ecgrahamcracker 2 days ago

    Wow 😲 great job

  • MadiCat247
    MadiCat247 2 days ago

    Holy shit
    Client response is needed

  • XXXTekashion
    XXXTekashion 2 days ago

    lmao he just did a jigsaw of the virgin mary

  • mariam
    mariam 2 days ago

    *this is asmr*

  • Abi Allali
    Abi Allali 2 days ago

    What kind of solvent can be used to wash the resin off ? 😊

  • Mubashar Qadeer
    Mubashar Qadeer 2 days ago

    I want to see the clients reaction on your restoration

  • Glebson Cherepanov
    Glebson Cherepanov 2 days ago +1

    Her hands looks terrible now

  • Glebson Cherepanov
    Glebson Cherepanov 2 days ago

    Maybe the technology of restoration is nearly to be perfect, but drowning is not. You had to invite some icon painter for this delicate job.

  • Aline Catao
    Aline Catao 2 days ago

    “There’s nothing complicated about it....” lol 😂

  • غـُربة غـريب

    So Amazing.

  • AnonymouslySalty
    AnonymouslySalty 2 days ago +1

    I can’t help but feel like he said
    “Oh sweet baby Jesus”
    When he saw the poor state of the painting.

  • CrezBud's BFF
    CrezBud's BFF 2 days ago

    This kinda satisfyes me

  • Nani the Phuk?
    Nani the Phuk? 3 days ago +3

    This painting reminds me of Michael Jackson.
    Issued: Black
    Returned: White

  • Hajime Meme
    Hajime Meme 3 days ago +1

    anyone else horny?

  • Constellation 85
    Constellation 85 3 days ago

    Hello, I've a question :) for this piece you decided to use tratteggio retouching technique - but I'm wondering why exactly? Previously, you've imitated the artist's style in order to fill in those areas where the paint was missing, blended your brush strokes into the piece, so that they're not noticeable, so why not in this case? Why was it different and what was the reason behind this decision? Thank you and I love your channel :-)

  • Will
    Will 3 days ago

    i was watching an mma guy and akaido guy sparring and this was the first recommendation ahah

  • tubelator
    tubelator 3 days ago

    Great work! but that striping, dunno. Just paint it like it 'was' before. Who cares it isnt pixel perfect?

    • Lucy The Great
      Lucy The Great 19 hours ago

      The client wanted it. It is ised to canpuflauge the damaged area, nit to become one with the art. If you look at it from afar, it loos absolutely one with the art.

  • leo john
    leo john 3 days ago

    I assume by how highly specialised skills is needed to do this restoration....must be rightfully damn expensive

  • Xander Ellem
    Xander Ellem 3 days ago

    Youre a magician

  • dragosmihai1001
    dragosmihai1001 3 days ago +1

    The italian technique you used, in my opinion of simple viewer, was not fitted for the product, cloths, backgrounds may be fitted for that technique, but not hands! good execution, bad planing!

    • Lucy The Great
      Lucy The Great 19 hours ago

      Well, the client wanted it. And you aren't the client, so your opinion is just thin air.

  • Angie1R
    Angie1R 4 days ago +1

    I like what you did for the most part, but somehow those vertical painted bits really take from it, which is such a pity.

  • Thicc Sun Kissed Chicc

    Thank god I saw this in my recommendations * claps *. This is amazing

  • Emma Kramer
    Emma Kramer 4 days ago

    It’s so amazing what you do

  • Kaitlin Ski
    Kaitlin Ski 4 days ago

    Fart restoration 😃

  • zeh louis
    zeh louis 4 days ago

    Yooo nice video

  • Balázs Lakat
    Balázs Lakat 4 days ago


  • Sophia
    Sophia 5 days ago +1

    Pass me a shot for every time he says “penetrate”

  • Peter James
    Peter James 5 days ago

    I build and repair mandolins and I amazed at your talent skill, (and the cool products you use). Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Venusixe
    Venusixe 5 days ago

    How do you get into a job like this?

  • Jackal
    Jackal 5 days ago

    this piece is beautiful. i really hope the wood was restored too, somehow. it is actually breathtaking when he removes all the grime from it

  • David Bowie
    David Bowie 5 days ago

    I cannot believe you use that line technique and not just simply shade and blur and smooth out the parts that needing retouching. I think it looks ridiculous. To the lay person it will look amazing but to any artist or any painter it looks very very stupid.

    • Lucy The Great
      Lucy The Great 19 hours ago

      "Any artist or any painter"? Excuse me, but since when did *any artist* or *any painter* say that art is stupid? And by that, i highly assume you aren't even one. Don't act like you even know what an artist's opinion would be.

  • David Bowie
    David Bowie 5 days ago

    it's like watching paint dry.....jk. its dope.

  • Interlaken Como
    Interlaken Como 5 days ago

    It’s like Sexy Wizardry!!!

  • Madison Cloud
    Madison Cloud 5 days ago

    You did an absolutely gorgeous restoration here!💕

  • Edgar Arenas
    Edgar Arenas 5 days ago

    Moral of the story : Never keep fine art in the kids room.

  • Jam Arts
    Jam Arts 5 days ago +1

    Bob Ross of 2019

  • Butter scotch37
    Butter scotch37 5 days ago

    Have you tried rice?

  • Reza JP
    Reza JP 5 days ago +1

    @2:05 I swear a ghost just came out of it !!!

  • ThePanelman
    ThePanelman 5 days ago


  • Archiviste
    Archiviste 6 days ago

    Quel dommage que vous ne soyez pas en France.

  • Limerick Limejuice
    Limerick Limejuice 6 days ago

    were they happy Julian? Did they expect a more Painted look rather then the the Italian technique. Don't get me wrong. I think what you did was very nice, but I am curious why you felt that technique was what the owners were looking for.

    • Limerick Limejuice
      Limerick Limejuice 5 hours ago

      +Lucy The Great ..thanks for the answer, but it did not answer my question. I wanted to know from Julian, what the owners thought of the finished product

    • Lucy The Great
      Lucy The Great 19 hours ago

      The client wanted something that this method would be more neccessary compared to the normal retouching. He only said WHY he used it, but never mentioned what a client would say. But he commented that it was what the client was looking for.

  • Kristen Gregory
    Kristen Gregory 6 days ago +1

    This is easily one of my favorites you have done, the painstaking work involved is so worth the final result! It's absolutely incredible to watch your restorations, thank you for making videos! They are amazing to watch!

  • Jill HHB
    Jill HHB 6 days ago

    painstaking and expert work!

  • UkuleleTechGeek
    UkuleleTechGeek 6 days ago

    this guy is bob ross but restoring paintings

  • Zimmer Barnes
    Zimmer Barnes 6 days ago

    This was such a satisfying video. Documenting your process this clearly and thoroughly must be a hassle and I'm so glad you took the extra effort for us!

  • ssuo ben
    ssuo ben 6 days ago

    i know i saw the process from start to finish
    but the end result still looks like it required for black magic fuckery and 12 virgin sacrafices

  • actualwetnapkin
    actualwetnapkin 6 days ago

    Thank you for sharing your work with us Julian, well done!

  • Matias Baez
    Matias Baez 6 days ago

    adobe photoshop live action

  • Ferrius Nillan
    Ferrius Nillan 6 days ago

    Those lines are still quite noticable. Is there more ways of retouching such old pieces?

    • Ferrius Nillan
      Ferrius Nillan 17 hours ago

      +Lucy The Great then its isnt a complete restoration

    • Lucy The Great
      Lucy The Great 19 hours ago

      What part of the phase "camouflauge but not become one with the art" didn't you understand? If it's from afar, it isn't noticable.

  • Scott The Guy
    Scott The Guy 6 days ago

    I like how careful he was with the syringe while filling the gigantic gap on the back.
    It'd be like carefully aiming when you pee so you fill up the Grand Canyon juuuuuuust enough.

  • yo mads
    yo mads 6 days ago

    What kind of frame is this?

  • Allison Dean
    Allison Dean 6 days ago

    Wow this is genuinely amazing and making me consider a career change

  • Kleiner K
    Kleiner K 6 days ago

    Magnificent! How old is the painting? Thanks!

  • W M
    W M 6 days ago

    Imagine the cost of this restoration. What finesse.

  • Harry the Horse
    Harry the Horse 6 days ago +1

    i have no idea what he is talking about or what he is doing, but this shit is interesting af

  • Alexander Resurreccion

    I wonder how much the client was charged for work this extensive..

  • marvel marble
    marvel marble 7 days ago

    these videos are really soothing

  • len710
    len710 7 days ago


  • Blob fish Person
    Blob fish Person 7 days ago

    This is so cool

  • s marie
    s marie 7 days ago

    Áve María, grátia pléna, Dóminus técum.
    Benedícta tu in muliéribus,
    et benedíctus frúctus véntris túi, Iésus.
    Sáncta María, Máter Déi,
    óra pro nóbis peccatóribus,
    nunc et in hóra mórtis nóstrae. Ámen.
    * * *
    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
    Blessed art thou among women,
    and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
    Holy Mary, Mother of God,
    pray for us sinners,
    now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
    * * *
    Ave, o Maria, piena di grazia, il Signore è con te.
    Tu sei benedetta fra le donne,
    e benedetto è il frutto del tuo seno, Gesù.
    Santa Maria, Madre di Dio,
    prega per noi peccatoti,
    adesso e nell’ora della nostra morte. Amen.
    * * *
    Sveika, Marija, malonės pilnoji, Viešpats su Tavimi.
    Tu pagirta tarp moterų,
    ir pagirtas Tavo Sūnus Jėzus.
    Šventoji Marija, Dievo Motina,
    Melsk už mus, nusidėjėlius,
    Dabar ir mūsų mirties valandą. Amen.
    * * *
    Zdravo Marijo, milosti puna, Gospod s tobom.
    Blagoslovena neka si među ženama,
    i blagosloven neka je plod utrobe tvoje, Isus.
    Sveta Marijo, Majko Božja,
    moli za nas grešnike,
    sada i u trenu smrti naše. Amin.
    * * *
    Kính mừng Maria đầy ơn phúc,
    Đức Chúa Trời ở cùng Bà,
    Bà có phúc lạ hơn mọi người nữ,
    và Giêsu con lòng Bà gồm phúc lạ.
    Thánh Maria Đức Mẹ Chúa Trời,
    cầu cho chúng con là kẻ có tội,
    khi nay và trong giờ lâm tử. Amen.
    * * *
    Zdravas Mária, milosti plná, Pán s Tebou.
    Požehnaná si medzi ženami
    a požehnaný je plod života tvojho Ježiš.
    Svätá Mária, Matka Božia, pros za nás hriešnych,
    teraz i v hodinu smrti našej. Amen.
    * * *
    Bucură-te Marie, cea plină de har, Domnul este cu tine.
    Binecuvântata eşti tu intre femei,
    şi binecuvântat este rodul trupului tău, Isus.
    Sfântă Marie, maica lui Dumnezeu,
    roagă-te pentru noi păcătoşii,
    acum şi în ora morţii noastre. Amin.
    * * *
    วันทามารีอา เปี่ยมด้วยพระหรรษทาน พระเจ้าสถิตกับท่าน
    และพระเยซูโอรสของท่าน ทรงบุญหนักหนา
    สันตะมารีอา มารดาพระเจ้า
    บัดนี้และเมื่อจะตาย อาเมน
    * * *
    Радуйся, Маріє, благодаті повна. Господь з тобою.
    Благословенна ти між жінками
    і благословенний плід лона твого, Ісус.
    Свята Маріє, Мати Божа,
    молись за нас, грішних,
    нині і в годину смерті нашої. Амінь.
    * * *
    Üdvözlégy Mária, kegyelemmel teljes, az Úr van teveled,
    áldott vagy te az asszonyok között,
    és áldott a te méhednek gyümölcse, Jézus.
    Asszonyunk, Szűz Mária, Istennek szent Anyja,
    imádkozzál érettünk, bűnösökért, most
    és halálunk óráján. Ámen.
    * * *
    * * *
    Hell dig, Maria, full av nåd, Herren är med dig.
    Välsignad är du bland kvinnor,
    och välsignad är din livsfrukt, Jesus.
    Heliga Maria, Guds moder,
    bed för oss syndare,
    nu och i vår dödsstund. Amen.
    * * *
    Zdrávas Maria, milosti plná, Pán s tebou.
    Požehnaná ty mezi ženami,
    a požehnaný plod života tvého, Ježíš.
    Svatá Maria, Matko Boží,
    pros za nás hřišné,
    nyní i v hodinu smrti naší. Amen.
    * * *
    Ave Maria, cheia de graça, o Senhor é convosco.
    Bendita sois vós entre as mulheres;
    e bendito é o fruto do vosso ventre, Jesus.
    Santa Maria, Mãe de Deus,
    rogai por nós, pecadores,
    agora e na hora da nossa morte. Amém.
    * * *
    Zdrowaś Maryjo, łaskiś pełna, Pan z Tobą.
    Błogosławionaś Ty między niewiastami,
    i błogosławiony owoc żywota Twojego, Jezus.
    Święta Maryjo, Matko Boża,
    módl się za nami grzesznymi,
    teraz i w godzinę śmierci naszej. Amen.
    * * *
    Ver helsa, Maria, du som har fått nåde, Herren er med deg.
    Velsigna er du mellom kvinner,
    og velsigna er ditt livs frukt, Jesus.
    Heilage Maria, Guds mor,
    be for oss syndarar,
    no og i vår dødstime. Amen.
    * * *
    今も、死を迎える時も、お祈りください。 アーメン。
    * * *
    Χαίρε, Μαρία, κεχαριτωμένη, ο Κύριος είναι μαζί Σου,
    ευλογημένη Εσύ μεταξύ των γυναικών,
    και ευλογημένος ο καρπός της κοιλίας Σου, ο Ιησούς.
    Αγία Μαρία, Θεοτόκε,
    παρακάλει για μας τους αμαρτωλούς,
    τώρα και στην ώρα του θανάτου μας. Αμήν.
    * * *
    은총이 가득하신 마리아님, 기뻐하소서.
    주님께서 함께 계시니 여인 중에 복되시며
    태중의 아들 예수님 또한 복되시나이다.
    천주의 성모 마리아님,
    이제와 저희 죽을 때에
    저희 죄인을 위하여 빌어주소서. 아멘.
    * * *
    Esi sveicinaata Marija, zheelastiibas pilnaa, Kungs ir ar Tevi.
    Tu esi sveetiita starp sievieteemun,
    sveetiits ir Tavas miesas auglis Jeezus.
    Sveetaa Marija, Dieva Maate,
    luudz par mums greeciniekiemtagad
    un muusu naaves stundaa. Amen.
    * * *
    Gegrüßet seist du, Maria, voll der Gnade, der Herr ist mit dir.
    Du bist gebenedeit unter den Frauen,
    und gebenedeit ist die Frucht deines Leibes, Jesus.
    Heilige Maria, Mutter Gottes,
    bitte für uns Sünder
    jetzt und in der Stunde unseres Todes. Amen.
    * * *
    Dios te salve, María, llena eres de gracia, el Señor es contigo.
    Bendita tú eres entre todas las mujeres,
    y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre, Jesús.
    Santa María, Madre de Dios,
    ruega por nosotros, pecadores,
    ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte. Amen.
    * * *
    Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grâce ; le Seigneur est avec vous.
    Vous êtes bénie entre toutes les femmes,
    et Jésus, le fruit de vos entrailles, est béni.
    Sainte Marie, Mère de Dieu,
    priez pour nous, pauvres pécheurs,
    maintenant et à l'heure de notre mort. Amen.
    * * *
    Радуйся, Мария, благодати полная, Господь с Тобою.
    благословенна Ты между женами,
    и благословен плод чрева Твоего Иисус.
    Святая Мария, Матерь Божия,
    молись о нас, грешных,
    ныне и в час смерти нашей. Аминь.

  • laverna
    laverna 7 days ago

    Oh mother of God, that looks rough....
    Ba dum tsss....

  • 1337 33
    1337 33 7 days ago

    Good pronunciation 9:15

  • AdrenalFueled
    AdrenalFueled 7 days ago

    How much did you charge for this restoration?

  • Frank
    Frank 7 days ago

    I have a question for you Baumgartner Restoration. How much does Mona Lisa cost. I would like to buy that original painting from France.

  • Alisha Basso
    Alisha Basso 7 days ago

    Stressful day? Just watch these videos with a cup of tea and life is right again... Love them. SO talented and patient. Cheers.

  • KaitaAlabaster
    KaitaAlabaster 7 days ago +1

    Where the hell are the 1.1k dislikes coming from?? Im genuinely curious, what about this video could be offensive or upsetting?

    • Lucy The Great
      Lucy The Great 19 hours ago

      +my chemical phan Obviously, people who don't understand art. We also call them as morons.

    • my chemical phan
      my chemical phan 7 days ago

      probably the way he retouched the piece.

  • Somebody Faraway
    Somebody Faraway 7 days ago


  • martyMNP
    martyMNP 7 days ago

    OMG! Great job!!!!!

  • Diane Greene
    Diane Greene 7 days ago

    No restoration on case? Hidden gem.

  • Mauricio Gustavo
    Mauricio Gustavo 7 days ago


  • Lynda O
    Lynda O 8 days ago

    Exquisite. Bravo, sir.

  • stark1987
    stark1987 8 days ago

    and the jobs im applying for require a a broom swinging qualification certificate level 2...

  • Texas Red
    Texas Red 8 days ago

    What's the adhesive used to secure the loose paint flakes?

  • BIG tiny PANDA
    BIG tiny PANDA 8 days ago

    Just use some flex seal lmao

  • mylifeisJDM
    mylifeisJDM 8 days ago

    That was beautiful. Thank you for your work.

  • Nikul Patel
    Nikul Patel 8 days ago

    you are gifted

  • Chinchilla Divine
    Chinchilla Divine 8 days ago

    Wow. It really was filthy! I loved this and subbed immediately! I think it could be easy for such a video to come off “dry” or too technical for the layman but you made it relatable and easy to follow, though I know this kind of thing is labor and detail intensive. I can’t wait to watch more!

  • gingerlover43015
    gingerlover43015 8 days ago

    It would be nice to see the reaction of the owners of these paintings after you have restored them

  • Kate Scrimgeour
    Kate Scrimgeour 8 days ago

    These videos are good for my mental health :-) Please make many many more of them.

  • LiL KK
    LiL KK 8 days ago +5

    How much did you get for a job like this

    • krissy
      krissy 5 days ago +3

      it has to be in the thousands, the materials he uses are really expensive... a complete set of conservation paints is $700 - $900, i cant imagine how much the resin and other materials he uses cost. not to mention the weeks of work...

  • tulllguy
    tulllguy 8 days ago +5

    how much does something like this cost to get done?

    • tulllguy
      tulllguy 3 days ago +1

      probably worth it too.+Mysterious Stranger

    • Emre
      Emre 4 days ago +2

      +Mysterious Stranger Try 100s.

    • Mysterious Stranger
      Mysterious Stranger 6 days ago +2

      10s of thousands

  • Clément Richard
    Clément Richard 8 days ago

    Amazing work. Just a question. I understand how pigments can be reversable, but how a resin (especially in wood) can be as well? Really curious to know