Watch a Conservator Delicately Remove Murky Varnish and Warps From an Old Oil Painting

 
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Julian Baumgartner, of Baumgartner Fine Art Restoration in Chicago, condenses over 40 hours of delicate swiping, scraping, and paint retouching into a 11.5 minute narrated video of a recent conservation project.

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Baumgartner walks the audience through his restoration of The Assassination of Archimedes, which involved cleaning a darkened varnish from the surface of the piece, removing the work from its original wooden panel using both modern and traditional techniques, mounting the thin paper-based painting to acid-free board, and finally touching up small areas that had become worn over the years.

You can watch the entire process in the video above, and learn about Baumgartner’s other conservation projects on Instagram and Youtube.

SOURCE: Colossal