The Amazing Art Of Painting Restoration

Have you ever seen how paintings are restored and conserved? Watch this amazing and interesting compilation showing the work process of Julian Baumgartner.

Baumgartner Fine Art Restoration is currently the oldest conservation studio in Chicago. It was founded in 1978 by R. Agass Baumgartner. Agass’ son, Julian, started learning the art of restoration in 2000 when he was studying painting and printmaking at Purchase College, SUNY. Julian took over responsibility for running business, and in mid-2011 took full ownership and oversight of the restoration company.

After his conservation plan is approved by the client, he begins cleaning. He typically starts by cleaning off old varnish. Sometimes, he patches any holes or tears in the canvas. The most important part, and his favorite, is retouching.

Some artworks may be completed in as little as one week, while others require several weeks due to the complex nature of the conservation issues at play