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Emery May Holden Norweb, Grande Dame

Emery May Holden Norweb, who was known as a grande dame of Cleveland, was one of the most influential women in the history of the Cleveland Museum of Art. She was born on November 30, 1895 in Salt Lake City. Her grandfather, Liberty Holden, was the owner of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and her father was Albert Holden, a successful mining engineer. At the start of the First World War, Emery was driving ambulances and working in hospitals in France, and it was during this time that she married R. Henry Norweb. R. Henry Norweb was a United States diplomat, so throughout the couple’s marriage they lived in numerous places around the world, including Tokyo, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Bolivia, Peru, Portugal, and Cuba.

Snowman!

Celebrating Ohio winter holidays wouldn't be the same without snow, so what better image to share in December than Yamamoto Shōun's delightful Children Playing: Snowman? Look at these adorable children, rolling snow, blowing on their fingers, and creating their snowman with big eyes and a stick mouth! The baby perched shoulder high dangles a toy, as two others behind him roll a giant ball of snow into shape. The Japanese patterns on their clothing really catch the viewer's eye, as do the expressions on their faces.

The Cleveland Table Fountain: Inventories and Gothic Architecture

Reading Stephen Fliegel's insightful article, 'The Cleveland Table Fountain and Gothic Automata' in the 2002 issue of Cleveland Studies in the History of Art introduced this reader to known evidence of the existence of other fountains in the fourteenth century. What is this evidence? Inventories, especially those famous enough to bear reprinting in not so distant centuries.

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