Jewish Art Quiz


The earliest pieces of Jewish art were religious objects–Torah adornments, marriage certificates, tombstones–that were illuminated. Relatively recently, “art for art's sake” became a concept–and the Jewish world quickly adapted, producing such notable talents as Marc Chagall and Yaacov Agam. How much do you know about Jewish art?

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Qustion 1. Jerusalem stone is known for its

Distinct layers multi-colored White or cream-colored marble Charcoal color Similarity to granite

Qustion 2. What was the name of the first neighborhood established outside the Old City of Jerusalem in 1860?

Mishkenot Sha'ananim Ma'a lot Dafna Meah Shearim Beit Hanina

Qustion 3. An 18th century illustrated Book of Esther shows Queen Vashti portrayed as

Marie Antoinette Cleopatra Dolly Madison Anne Boleyn

Qustion 4. A shivviti hanging in a synagogue would use these Hebrew letters

Aleph, Bet, Gimel, Daled Yud, Hay, Vav, Hay Shin, Lamed, Vav, Mem Shin, Vav, Vav, Tav Bet, Reish, Vav, Chaf

Qustion 5. Where was Israeli artist Reuven Rubin's first major exhibit held?

England Israel United States Canada

Qustion 6. When did Anna Ticho, famous for her drawings of the Jerusalem hills, first move to Jerusalem?

1893 1912 1948 She was born there

Qustion 7. Chaim Potok's My Name is Asher Lev is about a young Hasidic painter dealing with:

The challenge of promoting his work during World War II The shift in Jewish art trends from the classical to modern The rising price of paint in his shtetl Choosing between religion and art

Qustion 8. True or False: Micrography creates images out of words

True False

Qustion 9. What does hiddur mitzvah mean?

Observing God's commandments to the fullest extent one possibly can The beautification of the commandments A prohibition against artistic creations The mitzvah of putting Jewish art inside one's home

Qustion 10. How did Moshe Kupferman express his experience in Polish concentration camps through his paintings?

He employed muted colors and geometric formations He only painted in shades of black He used finger painting and other child-like qualities to represent a loss of innocence He blended photography, newspaper clippings, and other mediums into his work
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