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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      I do not like crooked, twisted, blasted trees. I admire them much more if they are tall, straight, and flourishing. I do not like ruined, tattered cottages. I am not fond of nettles or thistles, or heath blossoms. I have more pleasure in a snug farm-house than a watch-tower—and a troop of tidy, happy villages please me better than the finest banditti in the world.”

      Marianne looked with amazement at Edward, with compassion at her sister. Elinor only laughed.

      —Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, published on October 30, 1811

      Wooded Landscape by Paulus Lieder and Landscape with a Bare Tree and a Ploughman by Leon Bonvin, The J. Paul Getty Museum; Fantastic Oak Tree in the Woods, Carl Wilhelm Kolbe the Elder, The Getty Research Institute

      10/30/14

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