The history of painting is as old as time, but unfortunately, time has its downsides when it comes to conservation. As time passes, paintings tend to collect dust and grime, the paint itself begins to crack, and what once were vibrant colors have faded into nothing. Thankfully, Julian Baumgartner can restore any old painting!
The Chicago-Based restorer works around the clock to restore old paintings to their former glory, using a painstaking process. Every painting is unique and requires special attention. Using the wrong material might end up harming the painting even more.
That’s why Baumgartner spent years studying painting and restoration. He learned the craft from his father, a famous restorer in his own right, and joined his studio when he finished his apprenticeship.
Restoration might sound boring, but it’s actually fascinating – seeing a painting get a total makeover and change before our eyes is quite mesmerizing! Luckily for us, Baumgartner is kind enough to share his process on social media, along with commentary explaining his every step.
We’re used to seeing old, yellowing paintings, covered in soot and grime, with the color barely showing. But by the time Baumgartner is done with a painting, it comes back to life with brilliant colors seen in a new light!