About: Leslie Friedman

I've been a project specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) since 2009, working mainly on the MOSAIKON Initiative. I'm an architectural conservator specializing in the conservation of archaeological sites and decorative surface finishes. I have a background in archaeology and anthropology, and am an expert member of ICAHM, the ICOMOS International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management. I previously worked for the GCI as a graduate intern (2006–2007), at ICOMOS, at the U.S. National Park Service, and as an independent conservator in private practice. Some of my previous projects have included the ancient site of Gordion in Turkey, 16th-century wall paintings in Puerto Rico, a 19th-century Mughal palace in India, the World Heritage site of Mesa Verde, Spanish colonial adobe architecture in California, and the historic city of Jaffa.

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Paving the Way: Mosaic Conservation Training in the Mediterranean Region

MOSAIKON course participants at the site of Herculaneum, Italy, preparing and presenting a site exercise on planning priority conservation interventions.

The Getty Conservation Institute recently completed the first training course for MOSAIKON, an ambitious collaboration dedicated to improving the  conservation and maintenance of ancient mosaics in the Mediterranean region. Begun in 2008, MOSAIKON is a partnership between the Conservation Institute,… More»

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      From you have I been absent in the spring,
      When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim,
      Hath put a spirit of youth in everything,
      That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him,
      Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell
      Of different flowers in odor and in hue,
      Could make me any summer’s story tell,
      Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew.
      Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
      Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
      They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
      Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
      Yet seemed it winter still, and, you away,
      As with your shadow I with these did play.

      —William Shakespeare, born April 23, 1564

      Vase of Flowers (detail), 1722, Jan van Huysum. The J. Paul Getty Museum

      04/23/14

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