August 2018, we wrote about second generation fine art conservator Julian Baumgartner of Baumgartner Fine Art Restoration in Chicago, Illinois, as he delicately restored a classic self-portrait of Italian painter Emma Gaggiotti Richards in a precise manner.
Baumgartner put these same skills to use in restoring a painting depicting the assassination of Archimedes. As he worked, Baumgartner narrated his detailed restoration process in a calming, hypnotic voice.
Obscured by a darkened varnish and mounted to a wood panel the artwork is cleaned and the panel removed using both modern and traditional techniques. Using routers, hand planes and scalpels the wood is painstakingly removed from the thin paper in order to facilitate the preservation of the paper via archival mounting to acid-free board.